Teddy Bear Sunflowers – A Cuddly Giant Flower

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.

How to grow Teddy Bear Sunflowers

Image adapted from a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license photo. Photographer Mike Peel.

Unusual 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.

Teddy Bear SunflowerThe plant is an annual, sown from seed each year in the spring. Helianthus annuus is the botanical name.  Like all sunflowers, it will need staking to support the heads.

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.

One source that I have found for the seeds is Territorial Seed Company. I have also seen seeds for sale for this plant on Amazon.  


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.dwarf teddy bear sunflower

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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  22 comments for “Teddy Bear Sunflowers – A Cuddly Giant Flower

  1. dee
    06/30/2013 at 8:22 am

    ones i use to plant never got tall, maybe 12-20in.

    • admin
      06/30/2013 at 8:41 am

      I have two sunflowers in my yard right now just ready to open that are at least 7 feet tall. They are the biggest ones I have grown yet.

      Not the teddy bear ones though. I would love to get some seeds for them.

      Carol

  2. 08/18/2013 at 1:45 pm

    I would be very interested in finding out where to get these seeds from,they are beautiful.

  3. Martiens Prinsloo
    12/18/2013 at 1:15 pm

    Hi There

    Were can we get hold of this seed. This giant sunflower is very nice to look at and to have in you’re garden. We are searching for the giant Teddy Bear sunflower website but can only find a few but there is no place for us to contact the people. Please can someone e-mail us in this regard. We had some seeds and the flowers that we had were very giant, approximately 6feet high. We can only get the Teddy bear ‘dwarf” seeds from Starke Ayres. We believe Kirchoff’s may have some packets of seeds (giant flowers/seeds)
    Thank you

    • admin
      12/19/2013 at 1:43 pm

      I have not seen the seeds for this variety for sale anywhere so I can’t help on that Martiens. Carol

      • Delmar Gillette
        09/15/2016 at 12:31 pm

        Google “Teddybear Sunflower Seeds”

        You can see lots of places. If you order from Amazon, please read the reviews about the provider before you order. (always good advise for any item you purchase on Amazon)

  4. Mmarilyn
    05/06/2016 at 6:05 pm

    I purchased my seeds on ebay. Planted two weeks ago and so far nothing. It says to stagger the plantings. So the will be in bloom lomger

    • Carol
      05/06/2016 at 7:18 pm

      I am hit and miss on my sunflower seeds. They seem to like to be sown in very warm weather.

  5. 05/31/2016 at 2:20 am

    I have just four seedlings from a packet and am really looking to seem them grow.
    I am not often on this website so you will need to keep in touch for progress reports.

    Important post script: I am not a gardener.

    • Carol
      05/31/2016 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Sidney. Would love to see some photos if they grown for you! Carol

  6. Delmar Gillette
    09/15/2016 at 12:28 pm

    Google “Teddybear Sunflower Seeds” to find out sites to buy seeds.

  7. Dana Romero
    04/23/2017 at 2:18 pm

    My daughter picked these seeds out at Menards and we are going to plant them soon. We are not professional gardners, so wish us luck!

    • Carol
      04/23/2017 at 10:06 pm

      HI Dana I hope they grow well for you. Would love to see a photo if they are successful. Carol

  8. Uka
    05/09/2017 at 2:33 am

    My mom would love teddy bear sunflowers……she has the most unusual but nice backyard I have seen.

    • Carol
      05/09/2017 at 9:50 am

      Hi Uka, I would love to see pictures of it! Carol

  9. Susan Hanifin
    05/12/2017 at 10:49 pm

    I am trying the Dwarf Teddy Bear sunflowers this year in Anchorage, Alaska. I got my seeds at Walmart. I planted them in small pots in my South facing window. Very easy so far. I put them out in my garden May 10, 2017. If they do well I will add a photo.

    • Carol
      05/13/2017 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks Susan. Hope they grow well for you. Sometimes transplanting sunflower seedlings can be a challenge. Carol

  10. Anna
    07/14/2017 at 7:11 pm

    I bought some seeds in late May from Walmart. Of all the seeds I planted, only one grew. And just this week it started blooming! So incredibly proud of my little plant (it’s only about a foot and half tall)!

    • Carol
      07/14/2017 at 9:51 pm

      And how pretty it is too!

  11. Peggy
    08/25/2017 at 11:51 pm

    I found my Teddy Bear seeds at Wal-mart , started them in starter kits , they are about
    inch tall now , I will put them in larger pot’s as they get a little taller . it has been fun
    getting them started . can’t wait to see them grow out door’s . I found my starter kits at
    the 1.00 tree for a 1.00 each,

    Peggy

    • Carol
      08/26/2017 at 7:32 pm

      I’d love to see pictures when they grow outdoors!

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