Sun Flower - Teddy Bear
Approximately 50 seeds per gram.
A dwarf, multi-headed sunflower that produces an abundance of fluffy double, yellow-orange 12-15cm (5-6”) blooms. They make a great addition to any patio or border and they make great cut flowers with their strong and straight stems. Teddy Bear grows to 40-60cm (16-24") in containers, and in the garden they can grow as high as 89-106cm (35-42”) tall. The petals are completely edible.
Harvesting of annual sunflowers should not begin until the petals wilt and begin to fall off the flower head. You can prevent seed loss from local critters like birds, deer and squirrels by covering the flower heads with paper bags and tying the bags closed. After the seed shells fatten up but before they dry out, cut the sunflower stalks about 30-45 cm (12-18”) below the flower. It's best to tie the flower head stalks together and hang them upside-down in a dark place at room temperature. Some flower heads will be surprisingly heavy – so use a heavier type cord or rope. Using a fan will ensure good air movement and promote better drying conditions. After the shells dry for a month or so, remove the seeds by rubbing two heads together.