Drop Dead Red Sunflower Seeds

4.3333333333333 out of 5 stars
(6 reviews)
Availability: In Stock

Drop Dead Red is drop dead gorgeous! This is a fabulous mix of large (4"–5"), long-lasting, florist-quality flowers. 'Moulin Rouge', 'Red Wave', 'Ruby Eclipse', and 'Joker' come in several shades of red from deep burgundy and steamy valentine red, to autumnal pumpkin/orange-red, and bicolors. These tall, branching plants are ideal for the back of the garden, or as a border. Sunflowers are edible, with a bittersweet flavor. The petals add a pretty pop of color ion salads and desserts. The young, sunflower buds are edible, with a flavor similar to artichoke hearts. They can be grilled, marinated, or sauteed for an unusual appetizer or side dish. Plant only 10" apart to produce longer stems. As a pollenless hybrid, there'll be no more messy pollen drop from your gorgeous cut flower arrangements, but still plenty of nectar for pollinators. Drought tolerant, but best flower production with regular water.

$6.29 3 grams (~75 seeds)

Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus (hybrid)

Family: Asteraceae

Native: North America

Hardiness: Annual

Plant Dimensions: 6' tall on average

Variety Information: 4"–5" deep red, pollenless flowers in various shades of red.

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer to frost

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.

When to Start Inside: 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Sunflowers are senstive to root disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots that can be planted directly in the ground.

Days to Emerge: 10–15 days

Seed Depth: ¼"–½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 18"–24"

Thinning: When 3" tall, thin to 1 every 18"–24"

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Drop Dead Red Sunflower Seeds Reviews

6 reviews

showstopping beauty

5 out of 5 stars Jul 21, 2018
These colorful sunflowers are the stars of my late spring and early summer garden! The various hues of red, orange, and pink always bring smiles to guests to my garden. I've had excellent luck with germination and I appreciate the variety that shows up. The bees buzz with excitement as soon as the sunflowers bloom. I also leave the dried and dead flowers in the garden for the birds and squirrels. A great addition to add beauty to the garden for you and food to the garden for your wildlife visitors.
Tara P from FL

Mixed package

4 out of 5 stars Sep 26, 2019
I absolutely LOVE the red sunflowers. However, this package contained mixed seeds; so that some were red, some partially red, and a few regular colored sunflowers.
Jack Selcovitz from VA

Loved the dark moody color

4 out of 5 stars Dec 4, 2020
I would buy these again. I had good germination and the ones that survived the drought were very pretty. These only got about4-5 ft tall and they were branching. I used them in bouquets.
Heather S from PA

Very goth

5 out of 5 stars Jul 4, 2021
I just got my first two very goth looking dark red sunflowers! They are also very productive, I think all of them are in the process of growing.
Jocelyn from NM

Nice and not too tall.

4 out of 5 stars Sep 27, 2021
This sunflower grew nicely for me in 2021, a challenging year with way too much rain and heat. Multiple stems and a manageable height, about 5 to 6 feet max.
Barbara from PA

really nice.....

4 out of 5 stars Aug 26, 2022
Aside from the critters eating all but 2 seedlings.....here is my observation. The 2 seeds were NOT branching. I loved the non-pollen aspect. Great color. I didn't have enough to try and eat the buds, but LOVE this idea! I will replant year after year. BIG Q, Are the seeds true for saving?
scott from MA
Owner Response: Hi Scott, We're glad to hear that you enjoyed this variety of sunflower. Pinching your sunflowers will promote branching! To answer your question, this is a hybrid sunflower and therefore saved seeds will not grow true to the qualities you see in the plant they were harvested from. Instead, they will show some qualities from the hybrid's parent plants (grandparent plants), and likely an undesirable combination of both. I hope this helps! Feel free to reach out to us with any questions you have along your gardening journey! Thank you for choosing Botanical Interests.

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