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Sunflowers for a Wedding

My daughter is getting married in October (live in Topeka, KS) and wants to have sunflowers for her flowers at the ceremony and reception. Varieties include:

-Girasol -mixed colors and Evening Sun
-Autumn Beauty
-Evening Sun
-Lemon Queen
-Red Sun

When should I plant them, in order to have them blooming for October? Should I stagger them, plant some and then plant some more later?

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#1 Comment By Nikki On 03/19/2011 @ 9:38 am

It would be very hard to say exactly when to plant them in order to get them to bloom but it typically takes 50-90 days, which is a pretty wide range; but there are so many factors, from temps while growing to the variety that influence that. I would start planting in May or June and then do a new planting once a month for the next 2-3 months. That is really the only way you will be able to cover your bets, so to speak, and make sure you have sunflowers ready for the wedding.

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