This page provides written and visual instructions on Sunflower Parts. The variety we will be using for the spring growing season is the Autumn Beauty.
The Autumn Beauty is reminiscent of fall leaves. It has bold, beautiful flowers that can grow up to eight inches across. The colors are bright yellow, bronze and purple shades with some bi-colors.
The Autumn Beauty is mulch-branching with many long stems that can grow up to sixty inches tall which make it a perfect example to grow for our page on sunflower parts.
These will bloom in about ninety to one hundred ten days.
The Autumn Beauty is easy to grow and great for fresh cut flower displays.
The seeds of the Autumn Beauty will germinate in about seven to fourteen days with stable temperatures of 70-75º.
Plant one seed every six inches, thinning to twelve inches. The thinned plant, if dug up delicately, can be transplanted.
When growing inside, I like using a heat pad along with a grow light . You do not have to have these items but I find it helps me get my plants off to a good, strong start while producing strong root systems that will allow the plants to adjust to the outdoors.
Time the indoor plants so that they grown no longer than four weeks in the house. While in the house they will need full light.
When it is time to transplant the seedlings out, you will need to follow some sort of Hardening Off Procedure.
When transplanting out, dig your hole about four inches wide by four inches deep. Using a transplant solution like Neptune's Harvest Fish Fertilizer will help with transplant shock. You can also spray it on the plants while they are growing in the house to help them grow.
When transplanting them out space the sunflower seedlings about twelve inches apart. Keep them moist. As they grow they will need more water and some sort of fertilizer or compost with a high nitrogen content.
I have recently began using Bat Guano. It is 100% natural, has no smell in the garden and has the highest percentage of Nitrogen of any of the organic fertilizers.
The Autumn Beauty can be cut for displays, dried for crafts or planted at the back of beds or as a screen.
When do I start my seeds?
First of all you need to figure out what is your last frost free date--what is the last date a freeze is expected in your area.
My father and his parents always said it was safe to plant after Easter. Over the years, I have noticed that this works well for the South Texas area.
Below are pictures of our Autumn Beauty. Our season has been affected by high heat and no rain, so the plants have not achieved their full color.
If all goes well we will try again next year for the 2012 Season to see if we can get some better pictures of sunflower parts.
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