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Lemon Queen

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The Great Sunflower Project

Lemon Queen

(Helianthus annuus)
Help the Great Sunflower Project with research to understand the challenges that bees are facing by watching and re...
(Helianthus annuus)
Help the Great Sunflower Project with research to understand the challenges that bees are facing by watching and recording the bees at these sunflowers. Lemon Queen is a lovely branching variety particularly attractive to bees.
Seed Count: Approx. 40 / Weight: 1.6 gms
$ 2.79

ANNUAL

Summer/fall bloom
Frost tender

 

TO PLANT DIRECTLY OUTDOORS

Sow seed in full sun in good garden soil when weather is warm and settled, night temperatures are in the 50°F (10°C) range and all danger of frost is past. Poke seeds into well worked soil 1/2 inch deep and 4 to 5 inches apart. Press soil firmly over seeds and keep moist. Germination takes 8 to 10 days. When seedlings are several inches tall, thin them to stand 12 inches apart so they have room to grow sturdy stalks and roots. Extras can be transplanted easily.


CONTAINER PLANTING

Sow directly into pots filled with well-moistened, good quality potting mix. When seedlings are several inches tall, thin to no more than 1 plant per 8 inch pot, or 3 plants per pot 15 inches in diameter and 12 to 18 inches deep. In larger planters, space plants 6 inches apart.


TO START EARLY INDOORS

Several weeks before last frost date, sow seeds 1/2 inch deep in individual pots of well-drained potting mix. Keep moist but not soggy and provide a strong light source until ready to plant outside when seedlings are several inches tall. When weather has warmed into the 50°F (10°C) range, transplant 12 inches apart.


NOTES

Sunflowers are easy and rewarding to grow. Keep soil moist and well weeded. Protect young seedlings from hungry birds with netting or plastic berry baskets, removing before plants get crowded. Sunflowers need room, so when young seedlings are 3 inches tall, be sure to thin them to stand 12 inches apart.

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

June
April – June
Sun
4 – 5 inches apart
1/2 inch deep
8 – 10 days
5 to 6 feet

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Sow Seeds

Days To Germinate

Mature Height

June
April – June
Sun
4 – 5 inches apart
1/2 inch deep
8 – 10 days
5 to 6 feet

Cold Winters

June

Mild Winters

April – June

Sun/Shade

Sun

Sow Seeds

4 – 5 inches apart
1/2 inch deep

Days To Germinate

8 – 10 days

Mature Height

5 to 6 feet

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