Unusual Teddy Bear sunflowers.
I love all sorts of sunflowers. They are my daughter’s favorite flower and I plant them in all of my garden beds each year. I have some in my test garden that are about 7 feet tall right now and still not opened. I plant the large yellow type and rust colored ones too, but I have never had a chance to plant these beautiful teddy bear sunflowers.
The beautiful thing about these plants is the huge and round blossoms that it puts out. The variety is called a Teddy Bear sunflower and it is just gorgeous. The image below is by photographer Pamela Nocentini who has captured one in all its glory.
Kids really love this Teddy Bear sunflower. This unusual member of the sunflower family is unlike regular types. It has cuddly-looking, 4-5 inch fully-doubled yellow flowers that are held up on sturdy dwarf plants 2 1/2-3 feet tall.
- Full Sun
- Sow seeds in April to May.
- Days to germination 7-14.
- Water deeply but infrequently.
- Amend soil with organic matter.
- Do not over fertilize or the stems may break.
There is also a dwarf version of the teddy bear sunflower. It does not have quite the same puffy blossom but is still very pretty. This variety grows to about 3 feet tall so is quite manageable.
I have not tried to grow this plant from seeds from either company. If you do, please let us know how they germinate in the comments below.
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