Organic Sunflower ‘Giant Yellow’


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Soil Association Organic Logo          Helianthus Annuus – 20 Seeds     

A traditional, tall, yellow sunflower that just screams summer fun and smiles!

Sunflowers are fun to grow both at home and in the vegetable garden.

This variety produces bright yellow blooms of up to 30cm in diameter and can reach heights of up to 2m!

Sunflowers will attract butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects to your garden and can also be left in situ at the end of the season to provide food for the birds. The blooms can even be enjoyed as a cut flower.

Sow sunflower seeds under cover in pots in spring and plant out when the first true leaves have fully formed. Alternatively you can direct sow in mid to late spring. keep well watered. Allow 30cm between plants.

Seed Story 

Sunflowers originated in North America and have been around since 1000BC. The North American Indians ground sunflower seeds to make flour for bread. They also snacked on these oil rich seeds and even used the plant fibres for making baskets.

The seeds were brought to Spain in 1500s by the Spanish explorers and the plant became popular across Europe for both ornamental and medicinal purposes.

The seeds soon found their way to Russia when Peter the Great was trying to modernise agriculture. The Russian Orthodox Church had a huge part to play in the popularity of sunflowers as they had banned the use of culinary oils for lent however sunflowers were not on the list so under Peter the Great, farmers everywhere began planting sunflowers as the oil and seed was hugely popular during this religious season.

In Greek Mythology the sunflower is a story of unrequited love.  Clytie was a water nymph who was madly in love with Helios, the sun god. Clytie would gaze longingly at the sky searching for Helios who sadly found love with another nymph. Clytie told her father about this and he buried the other nymph alive. Helios was so cross that he turned Clytie into a sunflower and forced her to gaze at him every day.

Sunflowers are a symbol of happiness and good fortune and never fail to bring a smile during the summer!