Happy flowers, which lift your spirits and add a touch of sunshine to a room, is often how sunflowers are described. Pollen-less, fast-growing plants produce mahogany and gold bi-colour, 10-12 cm (4-5 in), flowers with dark centers that are complemented by smaller, deep green top leaves. Ht .9-1.5m (3-5 ft).
Direct seed in garden after the soil has thoroughly warmed in the spring, covering seed with 1/2 cm (1/4 in) of soil. Keep soil moist until all seedlings appear. For earlier flowers start seed 4 weeks prior to intended date of transplanting outside. Germinates best at 21 C (70 F) in 7 to 10 days. Grow on at 16 C (62 F). Fertilize every 2 weeks with 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong healthy plants. Garden spacing 40 cm (16 in) apart.