Sunflower Gypsy Charmer (Helianthus Annuus) Non GMO Organic - Flower
Sunflower 'Gypsy Charmer,' scientifically known as Helianthus annuus 'Gypsy Charmer,' is a captivating annual flower that adds a touch of warmth and charm to gardens, landscapes, and cut flower arrangements. This particular sunflower variety is celebrated for its unique and eye-catching appearance. 'Gypsy Charmer' sunflowers feature a dark central disk surrounded by velvety, maroon or red-brown petals with golden tips. The color combination gives the flower an exotic and appealing look. The large, single blooms make this sunflower a favorite for attracting pollinators and providing a delightful focal point in garden beds. With its alluring maroon and gold petals, 'Gypsy Charmer' sunflowers are an excellent choice for adding a warm and captivating touch to your garden or floral arrangements. By following these instructions, you can successfully grow this annual sunflower and enjoy its unique and charming beauty throughout the growing season.
- Sunlight: Sunflower 'Gypsy Charmer' thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
While soaking sunflower seeds before planting isn't strictly necessary, it can enhance germination rates. Soaking seeds for 4-12 hours in water can soften the seed coat, making it easier for the emerging sprout to break through. This process can potentially speed up germination and promote uniform growth.
If you choose to soak sunflower seeds:
1. **Use room temperature water:** Avoid hot or cold water; lukewarm water is suitable.
2. **Limit soaking time:** 4-12 hours is generally sufficient; excessively long soaking may lead to waterlogged seeds.
After soaking, plant the seeds in well-draining soil at the recommended depth. Keep the soil consistently moist until seedlings emerge. Monitoring environmental conditions, such as temperature and moisture, is crucial for successful germination.
- Well-drained soil: Ensure the soil is well-draining and fertile, as sunflowers prefer loamy soil with good aeration. Amending the soil with organic matter can improve its quality.
- Late spring: Plant Sunflower 'Gypsy Charmer' in late spring after the last frost has passed and the soil has warmed.
- Start with seeds: Sow Sunflower 'Gypsy Charmer' seeds directly into the prepared soil, spacing them about 6-12 inches apart. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep.
- Moderate watering: Keep the soil consistently moist during the germination and early growth stages. Once established, sunflowers can tolerate some drought and require less frequent watering.
- Balanced fertilizer: Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer in the spring to provide essential nutrients for healthy growth. Follow the product's instructions for proper application.
- Limited pruning: Sunflower 'Gypsy Charmer' typically does not require pruning. Remove dead or spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.
- Generally pest and disease-resistant: Sunflowers are not highly susceptible to pests or diseases. Watch for common garden pests like aphids and sunflower moths.
- Sunflower 'Gypsy Charmer' is relatively low-maintenance once established. Regular deadheading, proper watering, and well-drained soil are the primary care considerations.
- Seed count: 10