Autumn Beauty Sunflower
A beautiful sunflower with attractive 4-5″ flowers in colors of yellow, bronze, and red on branching stems, 5 – 7′ tall. Autumn Beauty Sunflower is a great choice for decorating and cutting flower arrangements. Thin the seedlings to 1′ apart. Plant growth will be stronger if planted with composted manure and slow-release fertilizer.
Keep them deadheaded until the end of the season. If you deadhead your sunflowers, they will keep pumping out new blossoms in their will to create seeds and more sunflowers. Don’t cut the stalk way back, the next sunflower often forms just inches from where you cut the last one.
Leave the very last batch of spent flowers for the birds and for next year’s flowers. When it seems like the sunflowers are slowing down, leave the last set of flower heads on the plant for the birds. Even if it is a little ugly going into Fall, birds like the seed head right on the plant. Little finches like to sit on top of the old brown seed head, bend over, and pluck seeds out.
Color: Red, Yellow, Bronze
Height: 5-7 feet
Seeds/lb.: 20,000, Approx. 11,000 seeds/1 oz package
Bloom time: Midsummer to fall