Sunflower ‘Elite Sun’ F1

Sunflower ‘Elite Sun’ F1 (Helianthus annuus)

Sunflowers Elite F1
Hardy annual

Large yellow flower heads borne on dwarf plants. A superb combination, especially for using in the border or even large containers. Ideal for exposed situations where normal height sunflowers would be damaged. Flowers summer. Height 1.2m (4ft).

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. Seed kernels can be toasted.
Companion planting: Try growing sunflowers with chives to deter aphids.

Seeds from Thompson and Morgan

Sow indoors

Sow outdoors

Plant out



Full sun

Up To 120cm (47.2in

Up To 60cm (23.6in)

Sow spring to early summer outdoors where they are to flower. Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth before sowing. Sow 12mm (½in) deep in rows 45cm (18in) apart. They prefer a sunny open site but will grow in most sites and soils.

I grew these in a pot in 2020, five plants in the same container. On reflection, that wasn’t a great idea but they did grow well. A bit too well. Instead of the expected 4-5ft sunflowers, all of them topped out at around 7ft. I used 6/7ft canes to support them but also had to tie them together to stop them toppling over. The next year I planted them straight into the borders at the front of the bungalow and none of them grew. I suspect birds did for all but one which germinated and Nova promptly squashed running through the border. This year I’m going to be sowing them indoors then planting out with a bulb planter. Hopefully this should solve the bird issue.

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