Sunflower Seeds - Velvet Queen


Helianthus annuus

Beautiful 5-6' tall plants. Velvety, multi-headed deep rust-colored 4-6" blooms with mahogany centers. Can be staked for support. Good fresh market cut flowers. Direct seed in full sun after danger of frost. Summer to fall blooming. Annual. 
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Approx. Seeds per Packet 
Average packet weight 
Seeds / gram 
Average seeds / oz
551.75 grams 
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
After Last Frost65-85°FFull SunFrost Sensitive
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed SpacingDays to Harvest 
Transplant or Direct Seed1"4-6"75-85
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
8-12"5-12Annual4-6 years

Site Selection


Sunflower is a frost sensitive annual that prefers full sun and well-drained soil with low to moderate moisture. Drought tolerant once established.




Direct seed outdoors once the danger of frost has passed. Optimum soil temperature for germination is 65-85˚F. Sow 1" deep and 4-6" apart. Seeds will sprout in 5-12 days. Thin so mature plants are 8-10" apart.