Lemon Queen Sunflower has 8 – 10″ blooms with pale lemon-yellow petals with dark centers on sturdy central stalks 5′ – 7′ tall with side branches. Place these tall flowers at the back border of the flower garden and enjoy the cut flowers in arrangements. Thin the seedlings to 18 – 24″ apart. They will do better 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 the place you deadheaded.
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 heads right on the plant. Little finches especially like to sit on top of the old brown seed head and bend over and pluck seeds out.
Color: Lemon Yellow
Height: 5 – 7′
Seeds/lb.:11,000, Approx. 70 seeds/3 gm pkt
Bloom time: Midsummer to fall