Sunflower Seeds - Ring of Fire (Returning Jan/Feb 2024)
- Seed Count: 10 Seeds
- Maturity Date: 75-85 Days from Planting
- Plant Height: 6-8 feet
- Bloom Size: Up to 12 inches wide
- Petal Colors: Bi-colored bright red and yellow
- Central Disk Color: Dark chocolate
- Sun Requirements: Full Sun
- Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil
History: The Ring of Fire Sunflower, known for its striking bi-colored red and yellow petals, is a cultivated variety that has won the hearts of gardeners worldwide. Originating as a hybrid, it was developed to provide a bold color palette and a sturdy growth habit. While sunflowers have a long history going back thousands of years, originating in North America and later spreading to Europe, the Ring of Fire variety is a more recent addition to this ancient lineage. Its unusual coloration makes it a standout among sunflowers, and it has become a popular choice for those seeking something a little different for their gardens.
Uses: Ring of Fire Sunflowers have a myriad of uses that extend beyond their dazzling visual appeal. As cut flowers, they provide a stunning burst of color and are long-lasting when placed in vases. The large, chocolate-colored central disks are not only eye-catching but also serve as a pollen and nectar source, attracting a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and birds. Furthermore, these sunflowers can serve as a natural fence or background screen when planted in mass, offering both privacy and beauty.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: These sunflowers are characterized by a tall, robust growth habit, reaching heights between 6 and 8 feet. They thrive best in full sun and well-drained soil but are generally forgiving and can tolerate less-than-ideal soil conditions. To plant, dig holes about 1 inch deep and space seeds 6 inches apart in rows, ensuring rows are at least 30 inches apart. Water thoroughly after planting and keep the soil moist until the seeds have germinated, usually within 7 to 10 days. As the plants grow, they will require less frequent watering but do not allow the soil to dry out completely. Given their height, staking may be necessary to keep the plants upright, especially in windy conditions. A balanced fertilizer can be applied sparingly at the beginning of the season to promote vigorous growth. Regularly check for signs of pests or diseases and treat accordingly. With minimal maintenance, the Ring of Fire Sunflower will provide a spectacular display of color throughout the season.