Now that I have a little more space, one of the first things that I wanted to do was start growing sunflowers again. In the past, I had avoided them, as they simply took up too much valuable garden real estate.
The first variety to burst into bloom was ‘ProCut White Nite’ sunflower. Like most varieties within the ‘ProCut’ series, these sunnies are pollenless. This means all that yellow sticky powder won’t be an issue when arranging the blooms into vases.
Despite their lack of pollen, ‘ProCut White Nite’ appears to produce plenty of nectar. In fact, the blooms were covered with various species of bee as soon as they opened fully.
The majority of these flowers were picked for donation. However, several were a little past their prime. These blooms had been beaten pretty badly by a round of especially strong thunderstorms.
Since the petals are so light, I found that any insect damage was much more noticeable than on other varieties. With ‘ProCut White Nite,’ I think it would be quite important to pick the flowers as early as possible to avoid any unsightly stems.
Though I didn’t enjoy this sunflower as much as I thought that I would, it didn’t disappoint. It’s quite beautiful, and a welcome addition to the cutting garden. What do you think? Have you ever grown ‘ProCut White Nite’ sunflower before? I’d love to hear all about your experiences in the comments down below. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!