Something completely different - a sunflower with rich mahogany red petals and a black centre.
The freely branching plants each produce several heads, so it is easy to have plenty for cutting but still to leave some for garden display.
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How to Guide
Sow individually in small pots of moist seed compost, lightly covering the seeds. Place in gentle warmth 15-20C (60-70F).
Sow seeds 2cm (1in) deep in pre-watered soil about 15cm (6in) apart in a row or in groups. Keep the soil moist until seedlings are well established. This out if seedlings appear to be overcrowded.
Sowing Distance60cm / 24in
Hardening Off/Planting Out
Gradually accustom plants to outside conditions for 2-3 weeks before planting out to their flowering positions about 60cm (24in) apart from May onwards.