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Sunflower (Bambino)

Helianthus annuus

Sunflower Bambino produces dwarf, single, lemon yellow medium sized flowers with dark centres. This is a non-branchig variety which can reach a height of 40cm (16″) which makes them the ideal choice for using as cut flowers, containers or borders.

WHEN TO SOW

April to May

WHERE TO SOW

Sow seed thinly, 12mm (1/2″) deep in drills 45cm (18″) apart in well cultivated soil raked to a fine tilth. Germination usually takes 15-21 days.

WHAT TO DO NEXT

When large enough to handle, thin to 45cm (18″) apart.

FOR EARLIER SOWINGS

Sow indoors, individually in 7.5cm (3″) pots at 20-25°C (68-77°F). When well grown, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions before planting out after all risk of frost in a well drained soil in full sun.

FLOWERS

July to August.

HANDY TIP

Dead head regularly to encourage continuous flowering.

Seed Saving
: Allow seeds to form on the largest heads and allow to dry and then harvest the seeds.

Nutritional Values: Sunflower seeds are rich in the B complex vitamins, which are essential for a healthy nervous system, and are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, protein and vitamin E.

Culinary uses:
Sunflower heads are edible and are delicious roasted with a little salt and pepper and olive oil.

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