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Sunflower Black Russian (30+seeds)


Product Description

Our ‘Black Russian’ Sunflower is the sunflower that produces the black oil sunflower seeds frequently used in wild bird mixes. Growing up to 15-feet tall, each blossom can measure a whopping 18-inches in diameter. The “original” sunflower, its relatives first grew on the plains of North America, the seeds then taken to Europe and cultivated in Russia to be the giant Black Russian we know today. The seeds are black and cream, with a high oil content and are highly prized by birds and squirrels, so guard them well (or harvest them before the birds do and allow them to mature off the plant).

Black Russian Sunflower Seeds Growing Information

  • Mature Height: 12-15 feet
  • Mature Spread: 12-24 inches
  • Exposure: Full Sun 
  • Bloom Time: Summer - First Frost
  • Soil Moisture: Average, Well Drained
  • Soil Type: Widely Adaptable
  • Annual in Zones: 1-9 
  • Perennial in Zones: 10-11

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How to Grow Sunflowers (01:56)
Watch more How to Grow Flowers videos: Few sights are more stunning than a field of sunflowers pointing their faces sunward, and few gardening experiences are more rewarding than bringing the beauty of the sunflower to your own backyard. Step 1: Choose a variety Choose a sunflower seed variety based on whether you want to grow giant 10-foot plants, medium-sized 6- to 10-foot plants, or miniature border sunflowers. Step 2: Monitor weather conditions Monitor weather conditions to learn when the danger of frost has passed so you may plant your sunflower seeds safely. Step 3: Plant seeds Plant seeds 1-inch deep and 6 to 8 inches apart, spacing rows 3 feet apart for giant varieties, 2 feet apart for mid-sized varieties, and 1 foot apart for miniatures. Tip Mass sunflower plantings create a dramatic effect in the garden, while planting just a few among your vine crops adds a colorful accent. Step 4: Handpick pests Handpick pests, such as caterpillars and weevils, during the growing season, and pluck yellowed leaves. Tip Sunflowers are a favorite plant for introducing children to gardening because they are easily grown and require little care. Step 5: Maximize growth Maximize sunflower growth by keeping soil moist and fertilizing biweekly. Step 6: Stake sunflowers Stake sunflowers as they grow for stalk support when needed, and in 70 to 90 days you'll be rewarded with a gorgeous crop and nutritious sunflower seeds to share with birds, squirrels, and your friends. Did You Know? Sunflowers are a leading oilseed crop primarily grown in the Midwestern United States where soybeans grow poorly.
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