What are the pros? Blooms are gorgeous
What are the cons? Hard to germinate
We live in zone 6b, and for whatever reason, we struggled to get a lot of the seeds to germinate. We planted them in two different raised beds in early May, and I think about half of the seeds germinated. The plants bloomed in late July, and the blooms are numerous and a stunning orange color. The foliage is lush and lovely too. We planted them with "Teddy bear" sunflowers nearby, and the slugs, Japanese beetles, and other pests have been really attracted to the Teddy bear sunflowers, but they have largely left these sunflowers alone. I will definitely plant these again, but I will space them out a little more than I did this year, and more than I would other sunflower varieties because the foliage is so voluminous.
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