We decided to grow a new variety of sunflower this year in our place after having so much fun with the Evening Sun sunflowers last summer. We chose ‘Mammoth’ because I imagine it will be a huge bloom, well not as huge as the mammoth during ice age of course but I got suck in when I heard the bloom can be a diameter of 30~40cm across. I also daydream of it seeds that look so edible and yummy to eat. I think it is edible with the size of it. Teringin nak makan kuaci organik sendiri.
Mammoth sunflower just popped out from the soil with its seed coat still attached. This is always a happy moment for any gardener I reckon.Even though we have two variety growing at the same time, the Mammoth sunflower and Evening Sun sunflower seedlings can be differentiate at this stage. Tips> Mammoth~ bigger. LOL. The shade colour and shape is also slightly different.
Sunflower seedlings growing with Early Gem sweet corn in spring.
Mammoth sunflower just about to bloom.
Facing the sky and the morning sun. It does not like the afternoon sun here which is unbearably hot even for this sun loving flower.
Full bloom. Honestly, I was a bit dissapointed that it did not reached my expectation size which is 30~40 diameter across for the bloom size . But Mammoth sunflower did provide a bigger bloom than the Evening Sun sunflower and it is bigger than my face so i should not complain. Mammoth sunflower plant provide 0ne blooms per-plant.
Mammoth sunflower does have a cheery sunshine colour. It makes me smile when I look up at it . Because…..
AlamakLooking down at this patch makes me sad, looking at the before growing so healthy sweet corn has been sun-burned so badly. What bad timing too when the cobs were producing. The picture taken after I clipped all the burned crisp leaves because it make me more sad to look at them in that state. I can see some silk on the cobs but I know the pollination was not successful. Yet I cannot seem to let my hand move to cleared it up. Sigh~…
I am already eyeing the seeds. The mammoth seeds that I bought did not have good germination. I had to cautiously used it because I think only about 30% of them germinate from the amount that I sowed. With this big bloom I think I can collect at least a hundred from it if I successfully collect them. Patience….
Head dropping too heavy I reckon .
I think the mammoth sunflower does not grow well in our summer here. I am planning to try growing it at the end of summer which will be End of March or Early April just to see how big this plant can actually grow.
Any suggestion on what fun variety of sunflower to grow next?
This weekend I am planning to collect seeds from the evening sun sunflower if its not drizzling.
Visit Rosie for MALAYSIAN GARDEN BLOGGERS’ CORNER.
Visit Ewa for Flower on Saturday.