Teddy Bear Sunflower
Teddy Bear Sunflower is a small, 10 – 24″ tall, bushy sunflower has multiple 3 – 6″ golden-yellow, double blooms. This is a cultivar of the true North American native that is such a familiar sight. This long blooming variety is great for cut flower arrangements, beds and borders. Thin seedlings to 12 – 24″ apart. 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: Golden Yellow
Seeds/lb.: 22.680, Approx. 50 seeds/3 gm pkt
Bloom time: Mid to late summer