Chocolate Cherry Sunflowers aren’t like the typical sunflowers, which are shiny and cheerful. They are darker in appearance.
Chocolate or Chocolate Cherry Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) is a branching sunflower variety with brownish petals and deep burgundy or maroon base.
It’s not hard to come by their seeds. You can visit a local gardening shop or look them up on the internet. Raising flowers from seeds is the most cost-effective choice. Chocolate cherry sunflower seeds can be found for less than $5 at most online shops.
In the spring or summer, 1/2” deep planting is recommended. Keep in mind that this is a spreading sunflower, so that pinching can result in a small plant with flowering branches. They’ll reach 8 feet tall with an 8-inch flower head if not trimmed.
Chocolates can be grown both inside and outside. Around March, 6 to 8 weeks before the last freeze, is the best time to grow these indoors. In peat pots, sow half an inch to an inch deep. Once the weather warms up in mid-April or early May, you can begin replanting them.
Growing seeds outdoors, you must wait a bit longer for the weather to warm up before sowing. This saves you the trouble of transplanting. Instead of creating a hole to sow the seeds, you can spread them on the surface and scatter them with an inch of soil to make it look more normal.
Within about ten days of planting, the flowering plants begin to germinate. Since a single stem may produce several flowers, sow them at least 6 to 8 inches apart to keep the roots from tangling underneath the branches and encourage them to expand evenly.
It is simple to grow and maintain Chocolate Cherry Sunflowers. They need to be watered daily and grown in bright sunlight. To avoid waterlogging its taproots and rotting them, keep the soil moist but not wet.
Even though Chocolats can grow in the worst soil conditions, it’s best to plant them in well-drained soil. You can replace garden soil with composted soil that has been mixed with manure if the ground in your area is solid and compacted.
You’ll have gorgeous dark red sunflowers all over your backyard in just 2-3 months. Sunflower seeds can also be harvested and used.
In July, the harvest period begins. You could start harvesting early in the month if you planted them indoors and in mid-July if you sowed them outside. Allow the seed heads to dry after cutting them, and allow them to wander loose in your hand. If you let them dry fully, they’ll quickly drop off.
These seeds can be saved for future seasons or fed to animals.