HELIANTHUS Annuus 'Dwarf Sungold' Sunflower, Dwarf Double - Dwarf Sungold (Teddy Bear) is a cultivar of the common sunflower. It is notable for its compact size and fluffy, double blooms.
'Dwarf Sungold' Sunflower is a dwarf variety that typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) and spreads about 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) wide. It has sturdy stems and bright green, heart-shaped leaves. The plant produces large, fully double flowers with densely packed, golden-yellow petals that resemble fluffy pom-poms.
The flowers of 'Dwarf Sungold' Sunflower are the highlight of this cultivar. The fully double blooms have a cheerful and round appearance, resembling teddy bears or fluffy pom-poms. The petals are golden-yellow and create a vibrant display. The flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.
'Dwarf Sungold' Sunflower typically blooms in summer, from mid to late summer, depending on the specific growing conditions and climate. The flowering period can last several weeks, providing a burst of color during the summer season. The bright, double flowers of 'Dwarf Sungold' Sunflower are attractive to various pollinators, including bees and butterflies. The nectar-rich blooms provide a valuable food source for these beneficial insects.
'Dwarf Sungold' Sunflower thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It is relatively adaptable to different soil types but prefers fertile, loamy soil. Regular watering is needed, especially during dry periods, to keep the plant healthy and promote optimal growth. This cultivar is often chosen for containers, borders, or smaller garden spaces due to its compact size.
'Dwarf Sungold' Sunflower is generally low-maintenance. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote continuous blooming and prevent seed formation. However, allowing some seed heads to mature can provide food for birds and contribute to the natural reseeding of the plant. Supporting the stems with stakes or a small trellis may be beneficial to prevent them from bending or breaking under the weight of the flowers.
'Dwarf Sungold' Sunflower is typically grown from seeds. Sow the seeds directly into the garden soil after the danger of frost has passed, or start them indoors a few weeks earlier and transplant the seedlings outdoors. Provide adequate spacing between plants to accommodate their size. The plants will benefit from regular watering, especially during dry spells, to support healthy growth and flowering.
'Dwarf Sungold' Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is a charming and compact variety that brings a unique twist to the classic sunflower with its fluffy, double blooms. Its smaller size makes it suitable for smaller gardens, containers, or as a focal point in mixed flower borders. Its cheerful appearance and attractiveness to pollinators make it a delightful addition to any garden setting.
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