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Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are a popular annual plant known for their striking and cheerful blooms. The dwarf variety of sunflowers is ideal for gardens with limited space or for containers. Here is a description of the Dwarf Sunflower that is suitable for a UK garden centre website:
Best position: The Dwarf Sunflower prefers a sunny position in the garden, with well-drained soil that is not too rich. Sunflowers require plenty of light and warmth to grow, so they do best in full sun and protected from strong winds. The dwarf variety grows to a height of approximately 40cm, making it perfect for growing in containers or small gardens.
Flowering time: The Dwarf Sunflower produces bright yellow or orange flowers from late summer to early autumn. These cheerful blooms are highly attractive to pollinators and can add a touch of brightness and joy to any garden.
When to feed: Sunflowers do not require a lot of feeding, as they prefer soil that is not too rich. However, you can feed them with a balanced fertiliser in early spring to promote healthy growth and flowering. You can also add a nitrogen-rich fertiliser during the early stages of growth to help the plant establish itself.
When to prune: Sunflowers do not require pruning, but you can deadhead the spent flowers to encourage more blooms and to keep the plant looking tidy. After the plant has finished flowering, you can cut back the stems to the ground and remove the spent flower heads to prevent the plant from self-seeding. If you want to collect the seeds, wait until the flower heads have dried and turned brown, and then remove them and hang them upside down to dry completely.
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