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About This Plant...
Genus and species: Helianthus annuus
Plant type: warm-season annual
Height: 15 inches to 8 feet or more
Location and soil: sun; rich soil
Uses: cutting, background, drying
Bloom time: summer
Color range: yellow, red
Indoor Sowing...
Time needed to reach transplant size: 6 weeks
When to transplant to garden: after last spring frost
Outdoor Sowing...
When to sow outdoors: after last spring frost
Other Sowing Guidelines...
Approx. germination time: 10-14 days
Germination temp.: 70-85 degrees F.
Sowing Depth: 1/4 inch
Needs light or dark to germinate: -
Transplanting Guidelines...
Spacing between plants: 18 inches
Growing On...
Pests:
Diseases:
Growing tips: to prevent birds from getting to ripening seeds, harvest the heads when the bracts begin to dry, then hang them upside down in a shed or garage until dry


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