Helianthus annuus 'Garden Statement'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: lemon-yellow
- Other features: contact with the foliage may aggravate skin allergies
- Hardiness: hardy annual
Dark-centred, lemon-yellow, semi-double flowers top branching stems throughout the summer. These look very cheerful in the border, but will also last well in a vase after being cut. In the garden the flowers will attract all kinds of beneficial insects, and later, after they have set seed, birds will find them irresistible too. The flowers are said to be edible, the buds tasting like artichokes, while the petals have a bittersweet flavour.
- Garden care:Under glass, start them off in late winter by planting the seeds up to 5cm deep in deep pots or root trainers filled with good seed compost. When large enough to handle, plant outside in spring after gradually hardening off. Alternatively, sow directly into a well-prepared seed bed in spring and thin to 30cm as they grow. If sowing outside, temporarily cover the bed with a net to protect the seeds from birds, and keep an eye out for slugs and snails when the seedlings emerge.
- Sow: February-June
- Flowering: June-September
- Approximate quantity: 15 seeds.
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I am looking to grow sunflowers this year and want to grow them in pots. Will the taller varieties like 'Garden Statement' grow well in pots? How wide/deep should the pots be? And finally, should I plant one sunflower seed per pot?
PhilAsked on 23/2/2013 by Phil from Manchester
The Sunflower Garden Statement does get very tall at 1.8 metres, they would do much better in the ground. Because they are so tall there is a danger that the pots would keep blowing over. If you do want to grow them in pots I would suggest you do make sure they are anchored down really well to stop them blowing over. I would recommend a big pot probably a 15 litre pot which is approx. 40cm diameter and 30cm deep. The recommended distance to plant them is 30cm but you could probably get away with 3 in a pot.
SteveAnswered on 27/2/2013 by Anonymous
Q:Are ants eating my Sunflowers?
Hi there I bought some sunflowers and planted them. They were doing well, but then the stem seems to be rotting at the base. There are some ants about. This has happened with both sunflowers in pots and in the ground. A few years ago I grew sunflowers without any trouble at all. Thanks so much in advance. FarahAsked on 19/6/2009 by Farah Nazeer
A:Hello Farah, Ants will not cause any harm, however they are usually present when there are other sap sucking insects about. The most likely sucpects would be slugs and snails or caterpillars so keep a look out for these. I'm afraid though that if the stems are badly damaged there is little you can do to save the plants. I'm sorry not to be more help, Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 19/6/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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