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

Flowers

J F M A M J J A S O N D
                       

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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