Helianthus annuus ‘Topolino’ / Dwarf Sunflower / Seeds

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Helianthus annuus ‘Topolino’ / Dwarf Sunflower / Seeds

A genuine dwarf branching Sunflower, with medium-sized yellow flowerheads with dark centres. Plants grow to a height of about 40cm (much smaller than the 1-2m typical height of sunflowers) and flower from June/July to September.  These are wonderful border plants and one of the best Sunflowers for pots and patios. 

Sunflower ‘Topolino’ prefers full sun and moist well drained soil.  This Sunflower makes a good cut flower and is ideal for bouquets. 


Pack of 50 seeds.  Sow in late winter/early spring indoors or sow in late spring directly into the ground.   Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet. 

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Hardiness Half hardy annual (RHS Hardiness H4)
Flowers June/July to September
Height 40cm
Spread 20 - 25cm
Conditions  Full sun and moist well-drained soil

Sow in late winter/early spring 10mm deep in small pots of  seed compost. Sow 2-3 seeds per pot, with the pointed end of the seed facing upwards.  Keep at 20-30°C and keep moist.  Germination takes about 1-3 weeks.  Transplant seedlings to bigger pots when big enough to handle and into the garden after the last frost.   Or sow in late spring directly into cultivated soil at a depth of about 10mm.  Keep moist until seedlings are established.  Protect young seedlings from slugs and snails, especially if sown directly into the ground.

Grow These plants grow in spring, flower in summer and then die in winter.  Fertilise plants for better flowers.  Remove the dead plants in winter and start again with seeds in late winter or spring.  Sunflowers form big seedheads after flowering and these can be left in the garden over winter to feed the birds.