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soraya seeds

Sowing method:
1-2 seeds per plug, sowing directly into field is recommended

Description

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Helianthus annuus
SORAYA
Sunflower

Culture guide

Uses:
Plants for bedding, cut flower production

Exposure:
Sun

Garden height:
61″ / 155 cm

Crop time:
10-12 weeks

Sow time:
Indoor forcing: March-August, sowing in intervals; Outdoor forcing: April-Mid July

Sowing method:
1-2 seeds per plug, sowing directly into field is recommended

Germination:
Field: 10-15 days at 15 °C, Greenhouse: Stage I: 5-10 days at 21-24 °C, Stage II: 5-8 days at 18-20°C, Stage III and IV: 7-14 days at 15-17 °C, in media with low soluble salt levels and pH: 5.5-6.2. Cover seed with vermiculite, sand or substrate after sowing. Keep soil slightly moist but not wet. Field: sow the seeds 3-4 cm deep.

Growing On:
Plant cut flowers in 5-10×40-70 cm space, approximately 30-35 plants per m².

Media:
Field: Before sowing treat substrate with herbicide or fight the weeds mechanically and fertilize the field. Greenhouse: Use a well-drained, growing substrate with 15-30 % clay, 1-3 kg/m2 complete balanced fertilizer, 0-2 kg/m² slow release fertilizer (3-6 months), Fe-chelate, micronutrients, pH: 5.5-6.2.

Temperature:
Field: cultivation is possible from April onwards. Grow at 15-18 °C. Cultivate flowering plants not below 12 °C. Helianthus plants do not tolerate frost.

Fertilization:
Field: N min soil value: approximately 150 g/m². Greenhouse: High fertilization levels are required.

“Information copied from the breeder.
Muller will not accept any liability for failure and/or damage as a consequence of incorrect and/or inexpert cultivation by or on behalf of the Buyer.”

Soraya seeds
One look at Soraya and you’ll know why it was a Fleuroselect winner! Halos of luminescent orange petals surround handsome dark-mahogany centers. Each plant has thick, sturdy 20 inch stems that support loads of 4-6 inch blooms. If you love to decorate, you’ll love the production of Soraya. You can expect up to 25 flowers per plant! Its unique color complements the fall season. Grows to 6 feet tall. Pollen free. An AAS winner. Germination code: (4)

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Soraya Sunflower

One look at Soraya and you’ll know why it was a Fleuroselect winner! Halos of luminescent orange petals surround handsome dark-mahogany centers. Each plant has thick, sturdy 20 inch stems that support loads of 4-6 inch blooms. If you love to decorate, you’ll love the production of Soraya. You can expect up to 25 flowers per plant! Its unique color complements the fall season. Grows to 6 feet tall. Pollen free. An AAS winner. Germination code: (4)

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Soil Temp for Germ. Days to Emergence Seed Depth Seed Spacing Row Spacing Thin Plants To
60-75°F 7-14 1/2″ 3-4″ 30″ 12-18″

Germination Codes
Given at the end of each description to give you specific information.
(1) Germination occurs between 70-85°F and within 6-15 days. Sow indoors and cover lightly.
(2) Needs a period of pre-chilling. Mix seeds with moistened peat moss and place in plastic bag. Seal and place bag in an area where the temperature is around 60°F for 2-3 days. Then place in the refrigerator for 30-90 days. After pre-chilling, place seed on sterile seedling mix and cover lightly. Germination may take up to 30 days.
(3) Needs darkness to germinate. Remove cover as soon as germination occurs.
(4) Direct sow in the garden as soon as the soil warms to at least 55°F.
(5) Germination may be slow and erratic. A fluctuating temperature of 75°F during the day and 50°F at night may help.
(6) Needs at least 12 hours of light per day to germinate. Press into the medium but do not cover. Keep moist.
Note: For those varieties that indicate a (1) or (6), a very light covering of vermiculite will allow adequate light to the seed and keep it uniformly moist.

Direct Sowing
• To promote deep roots and strong stems, water deeply but infrequently
• One to two cups of TSC’s Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet in the spring is adequate for the year
• Germination code: (4)

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Cutworms and weevils
Insect control: AzaMax™ or Pyrethrin
Common pests: Birds
Pest control: BirdBlock Netting or flash tape
• Note: Avoid wetting foliage to prevent rust

Harvest & Storage
• Cut flowers in the morning just after they open
• Use a clean knife, a clean vase, and a few drops of chlorine bleach in the water
• Cutting the mature central flower head will promote side-shoot flower production
• Harvest the heads when the bracts begin to shrivel, and hang the flowers upside down in a barn or shed
• For seed-eating gardeners, gray and white striped sunflower seeds are the best choice
Salting: When dry, rub the seeds off the heads and soak overnight in 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of salt added, drain, and dry in a 250°F oven for 4-5 hours and store in an airtight container