By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Whether growingsunflowers as a means to attract pollinators or simply to add somevibrant color to the summer vegetable garden, there is no denying that theseplants are a long-time favorite of many gardeners. Coming in a wide range ofsizes and in subtle shades of yellow and reds, it is sometimes difficult tochoose which varieties to plant. Luckily for growers, there are open pollinatedand hybrid cultivars of sunflowers that will fit perfectly into mostlandscapes.
Different varieties of sunflowers can vary greatly in sizeand color. In general, however, they can easily be divided into severaldifferent kinds of sunflowers. Here are just a few types of sunflower plants:
As the name would imply, these sunflower varieties arecapable of reaching amazing heights, some as tall as 16 feet (4.8 m.)! Giantvarieties of sunflower are sure to make a statement when grown in the homegarden, as they often grow taller than nearby fences (and sometimes houses).Though beautiful, these large plants will sometimes require staking in regionsprone to high winds and strong summer storms.
Some popular giant sunflower cultivars include:
Medium sunflowers are those which grow tall; however, theirheight is nowhere near comparable to that of the giant sunflower cultivars.Medium sized sunflower varieties can generally be divided into single stem andbranching types. While single stems will produce only one flower per plant,branching varieties offer growers more flowers and longer bloom times.Branching varieties offer more color and visual impact for growers who gardenin small spaces.
Medium varieties of sunflower to try are:
Dwarf sunflower varieties are a great choice for gardenerswith little space. Often reaching only a few feet in height, many dwarfsunflower cultivars can also be planted in containers or in flower borders. Thecompact size of dwarf sunflowers allows for a bright pop of color withoutinterfering with vertical growing space.
Here are some dwarf sunflower varieties:
Pollenless sunflowers are a unique option. These pollen-freevarieties of sunflower are most commonly grown by those wishing to use theirsunflowers in cut flower arrangements. This makes them an exceptionally goodchoice for growers who want to sell bouquets at farmers’ markets. Thesesunflower cultivars are extremely uniform and quick to bloom.
Pollenless Varieties to grow may include:
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Are you looking to add some cheer to your landscape? If so, plant some sunflowers!
They’re large blooms and bright yellow color that sit on top of tall, hardy stalks accented by large, vibrant green leaves look beautiful in a garden. They make wonderful cut flowers, too.
Sunflowers are pretty easy to grow, as they can easily adjust to pretty much any type of soil. However, like all plants, they do have certain requirements that must be met in order to ensure they’re success.
If you’re interested in growing sunflowers, you’re in the right place! In this guide, we provide all of the tips you need to grow some of the most cheerful flowers that Mother Nature ever created.
While all of them are beautiful, only some varieties of sunflowers provide food for bees. Nectar is a sweet liquid substance secreted by flowers to attract bees. Honey bees use this watery plant nectar to make honey .
Many blooming flowers rely on insect pollination. When bees collect pollen, or nectar, they inadvertently move pollen from one flower to another. Honey bees use pollen as a protein source to raise young bees.
So, when choosing the best sunflowers for bees, we want those that provide bee food in the form or nectar, pollen or both.