If you’ve been following along for a while, you’ll likely remember when we started the process of winter sowing our sunflower seeds. Transplanting sunflowers – it’s finally that time! This year, I’m growing several different varieties of sunflowers – those which are open pollinated, and those which will be used for cut flower arrangements.
Today, I’ll be transplanting these Pro Cut Brilliance and Pro Cut Gold pollenless sunflowers. These flowers are great for cut flowers in that they don’t produce any yellow pollen. This will prevent pollen drop in cut flower arrangements. Since there is no pollen, these flowers will not produce any seed unless cross pollinated by some other nearby variety. Cut flower varieties of sunflower are also day length neutral, which means they can be planted in succession and will bloom independent of day length.
To transplant these sunflowers, all I’ll be doing is working my soil as normal. This season I’ve added an extra helping of compost to the soil to try to battle the drainage issue in the backyard.
These sunflowers will mature and be cut for the bloom very quickly. In general, most varieties for cut flowers only require abut 50 days to maturity. This makes them another great choice to a quick and easy fall crop of cut flowers. That’s really about it – super easy and so exciting! As always, I’d love to hear about your experiences growing sunflowers in the comments below. I hope you’re having a great day!