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Sunflower 'Astra Gold'Helianthus annuus

Hardy Annual

What is Hardy Annual?
A plant that completes its entire life cycle (growth, reproduction, death) in one season.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.

£2.49

Fun and easy for children to grow

Tall, bright variety with unusual ruffled petals

Great for the back of the border or to show off in the front garden

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Height Up to 150cm (59in)
Spread Up to 30cm (12in)

Hardy Annual

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Description
Fun and easy to grow from seed, this wonderfully rewarding Sunflower ‘Astra Gold’ is a joy to grow for children and adults alike. It has the distinctive and much-loved look of a classic sunflower but with an intriguing ring of ruffled petals for a touch of extra pizzazz. Fast growing, this tall variety makes an impressive impact at the back of a border, and is also a good one for simply dotting around here and there to give that relaxed, cottage garden feel. Give them a sunny spot in a sheltered location and you can enjoy their vibrant flowers all summer long. Height: 150-175cm (5-6ft). Spread: 30cm (12").


1 packet (30 seeds) (KA9986)

Sowing

Direct sow Sunflower seeds outdoors where they are to grow from April to May. Choose a position in full sun on well drained soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Sow seeds thinly, at a depth of 1cm (1/2") in drills spaced 45cm (18") apart and cover seed with its own depth of soil to exclude light. Water the ground regularly, especially during dry periods. Germination usually takes up to 21 days. When sunflower seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 30cm (12") apart.

Alternatively, sow indoors in individual 7.5cm (3") pots from March to April at a temperature of 20-25C (68-77F). Once germinated, grow sunflower plants on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors after all risk of frost has passed.

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Prefers a well drained soil in full sun. The ripe seeds make a tasty snack, while the fresh green flower buds can be harvested before they open and cooked in a butter sauce to create a tasty and unusual side dish.
Delivery

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Thompson & Morgan strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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