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Helianthus 'Valentine' Seeds
Valentine Sunflowers are lovely in the garden and brilliant for cut flowers. Each plant is well branched with many long strong stems. Masses of lovely lemon yellow flowers with a dark central disk are produced for weeks on end. They are easy to grow, great for cut flower production and excellent in the garden too. Holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit for outstanding garden performance.
Unlike some of the larger Sunflowers Valentine produces pollen and seeds... which is great if you love a garden full of bees, butterflies and birds. Classified as Perfect for Pollinators by the RHS. Allow seedheads to form to provide lots of seeds for your garden birds.
If you are growing sunflowers for cut flower production sow a batch of seeds every two weeks. Sow Valentine Sunflower seeds in succession for flowers from June to October. For your cut flower patch sow indoors March-April then plant out in May. Sow again when the soil has warmed up outdoors (from May onwards) for a later crop.
Half Hardy Annual. Perfect for Pollinators. Cut Flower
Height & Spread
150cm tall x 45cm wide (5 feet tall x 18 inches wide)
Sow seeds indoors (at 10-16°C) March-April then plant out in late April and May. Sow outdoors in spring (May) for a later crop of summer flowers. Sow every two weeks for cut flower production.
Allow 45cm (18 inches) between plants.
Sunflowers prefer moist but well drained soil in full sun. Provide sturdy support to prevent damage from wind and heavy rain. Water thoroughly in dry spells.
Many long stems with lemon yellow blooms produced from June to October. Each stem is 60-90cm (2-3 feet) long. Each flower head is 8-10cm /3-4 inches across making them perfect for hand tied bouquets. Takes 11-12 weeks from seed to flower.
For cut flowers pick Sunflowers when the first few petals have unfurled. It's best to pick when it's cool, early in the morning or evening, strip most of the leaves from the stem and stand them in deep water for a few hours. Sunflowers have a long vase life, no preservative necessary.
Sunflowers are some of the most stunning annual flowers you can grow and Valentine is popular because of their delicate colour and outstanding performance. These flowers will amaze you with their beauty, speed of growth and long vase life.