Chocolate Cherry Sunflower is a branching variety with dark burgundy petals and a chocolate-colored disk. This sunflower variety averages a maximum height of 6-7 feet and will bloom continuously for 4 weeks. Chocolate Cherry is a great option for pollinator gardens or cut-flower production. The stunning, dark blooms will attract pollinators and other beneficial insects to your garden. This variety works great as a border planting around the edges of the vegetable garden to increase pollination and reduce harmful insect pressure.
Chocolate Cherry Sunflower has strong stems, which makes it a great option for cut flowers. It is a pollenless sunflower which won’t deposit pollen on tables or other surfaces once the blooms are put into a vase or container. Pollenless sunflowers also tend to have a longer shelf-life after harvesting.
Chocolate Cherry Sunflower can be direct-seeded or transplanted. Direct-seeding can be easily done with a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. We recommend using a #3 seed plate and modifying the hole size to fit the variety being planted. Sunflower seed size can vary greatly from one variety to the next, therefore it’s important to always calibrate the seed plate hole size for the variety being planted. Sunflowers grow well when planted on double rows with drip irrigation. Lay one row of drip tape and plant on both sides of the tape to maximize garden space.
Sunflowers also perform well when transplanted. They grow great in our heavy-duty seed starting trays. Transplants are ready to go in the ground when plants can be easily pulled from the seed starting trays. For increased storage potential, harvest sunflowers when blooms are closed. Blooms will then open when cut and placed into a container with water.
Chocolate Cherry Sunflower Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant or direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 4-6″
Row Spacing: 2-3′
Days to Maturity: 60
Disease Tolerance: None