Shock o Lat Sunflower Seeds
Pollen-free and Great for Cutting!
Shock o Lat is a well-branched sunflower with multiple giant blooms reaching up to 6 inches wide. The base color is a rich, deep dark chocolate brown, with bright honey-gold tips and an ethereal gold halo around the big central seedhead. No two blooms are colored exactly alike, so each is a new masterpiece to be enjoyed.
And Shock o Lat is far more "cutting friendly" than older varieties because it is entirely pollen-free. No more messy pollen to wipe up every day from your indoor arrangement! Suitable both for fresh and dried arrangements, Shock o Lat is long-lasting and durable in the vase.
This sunflower sets numerous flowerstems rather than the single stalk of traditional varieties. The blooms open in summer from direct-sowing in the warm spring soil, and they may need staking to hold up their bounty of big, heavy blooms. The plant reaches 6 feet tall and spreads about 18 inches or more wide. For a dense planting, space the seeds a foot or so apart in full sun and well-drained soil.
Sunflowers are native to North America, and a beloved mainstay of Native American cuisine. They are the 4th Sister in the traditional Three Sisters symbiotic vegetable planting of corn, beans, and squash. As the 4th Sister, Sunflowers added another climbing support for the beans and kept the birds busy eating their seeds rather than the veggies.
Shock o Lat is easy enough for a child to grow, and just about the most fun children can have in the garden. Find an empty patch of soil soaked in sunshine and create a sunflower forest this season in the garden! 50 seeds per pack.
|Variety||Shock o Lat|
|ItemForm||(P) Pkt of 50 seeds|
|BloomStartToEnd||Early Summer - Late Summer|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Direct Sow, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Free Bloomer|
|BloomColor||Dark Brown, Dark Gold, Multi-Color|
|Resistance||Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant|
|SoilTolerance||Normal, loamy, Poor|
|Uses||Beds, Cut Flowers, Everlastings, Outdoor|
Helianthus Germination Information
How to Sow Helianthus:
- Can be sown indoors at 68-86° (will germinate over a wide temperature range)
- Sow 2-3 weeks before planting out
- Expect germination in 5-10 days
- They can be sown outdoors after last frost, but remember: they are a favorite food of birds and rodents and may be eaten by them
- When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed
How to Grow Helianthus:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves
Spacing: Plant out 2-4 feet apart in full sun in a light soil
Soil: Very tolerant of drought and poor soils
Temperature: Grow on at 70-75° days and 65-68° nights
Additional Care: If planted in partial shade, staking may be necessary to support plants, or plants can be pinched at planting to promote branching
Appearance and Use:
Grown for its edible seeds and for ornamental use in the border. These following flower in late summer and are very large and vigorous. Helianthus annuus, Common Sunflower, grows 4-6 feet tall with daisy-like flower heads in a multitude of sizes and colors, but generally with brown disk flowers and showy yellow ray florets. Helianthus debilis grows 4-7 feet tall and generally have 3 inch, yellow or white flowers. Helianthus giganteus, Giant Sunflower, is a perennial to Zone 3 but is commonly grown as an annual. It grows 9-12 feet tall and sports giant, 1 foot diameter flowers with light yellow to gold showy ray florets. All of the above have large, coarse, hairy, and somewhat sticky leaves
Origination: Asteraceae, native to North America
Common Name: Sunflower
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First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.
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