Sunflower - White Italian (Helianthus annuus) Heirloom Italian White Sunflowers Flower

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Sunflower - White Italian (Helianthus annuus) Heirloom Italian White Sunflowers Flower

Annual

Height: 5 to 7 ft

An especially stunning variety; Italian White has gorgeous 4 inch wide light creamy white blooms with a chocolate brown centre. This is a large seeded variety and a great producer. Excellent as stand alone plants or add to a cottage garden, or borders. Sunflower petals make awesome garnishes, and they can be used in salads! Known for their unique bittersweet taste, they can be used as a compliment to sweeter flavours in your dish.

  • Full sun
  • 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.

  • Direct sow seeds outdoors ¼ to ½ in deep; leave lots of room at 3ft between plants, or start indoors in a 3 to 4 in pot, with well draining soil, three seeds per pot. Indoor germination usually happens in 6 to 10 days. 
  • You can enjoy continuous blooms through summer by planting seeds every couple of weeks.
  • When the back of the flower head turns yellow, it is ready to be cut from the plant. 
  • Sunflowers planted close to rows of corn are said to increase yields. 
  • Attracts bees and birds
  • Soak seeds for 24 hours before planting.
  • Seed Count: 10