Sunflower, The Tower (Organic)
Flowers reach 6″ wide on well-branched, 6′ tall plants. Flower color varies and includes pale yellow, bright yellow, bicolor, and red flowers. A very good cut flower since each plant produces several flower heads and stem size works well in bouquets. We were given this seed by Wim Brus, a biodynamic seed grower high in the Apennine Mountains in Italy. He named this variety for his home, a 15th century stone tower near his hillside farm. Aka, Il Tore.
Direct sow 1/2” deep after danger of frost has passed (mid-May). Thin to 18” for largest blooms, decrease spacing for smaller plants. Prefers full sun and protection from wind.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Shell by hand, winnow or screen to clean. Highly cross-pollinating, for pure seed isolate from other sunflower varieties by 1/2 mile.