Santa Fe Sunset Sunflower is a hybrid, pollenless sunflower variety with deep burgundy flowers. This variety works great for cut flower production, but will also attract pollinators to the garden for increased vegetable production. Plants reach 5-6′ tall and produce large blooms with striking color. Once the main blooms are harvested, plants will continue to produce side shoots and additional blooms. Sunflowers work great when planted on the border of the vegetable garden as it provides beauty and brings plenty of bees for pollinating vegetable plants. Harvest these for cut flowers or allow to remain on the stalk and dry. Once dried, stalks may be easily cut with a machete.
Santa Fe Sunset Sunflower can be direct seeded or transplanted. Direct-seeding sunflowers 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.
Santa Fe Sunset 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: 18-24″
Days to Maturity: 50
Disease Tolerance: None