Teddy Bear Sunflower has unique, double blooms that are soft, velvety and resemble the coat on a teddy bear. Blooms average 6″ in diameter and have a deep yellow color. This is a dwarf sunflower variety that produces plants around 2-3′ tall. They work great when grown in the ground or in containers. The height of the mature plant will vary depending on the size of the container used for growing. Teddy Bear Sunflower is a great cut flower variety as it adds beautiful color and texture to any table bouquet. It’s also a great pollinator attractor for vegetables gardens, increasing yields by attracting more beneficial and pollinating insects. 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.
Teddy Bear 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.
Teddy Bear 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