Sunflower Lemon Queen Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds

Sunflower Lemon Queen Organic HEIRLOOM Seeds


Annual. Lemon Queen is the sunflower variety being grown for a multi-year bee count project to gather information about native bee populations. More than 100,000 citizen-scientists across the U.S. and Canada participate in the research by counting the number of bees that visit their Lemon Queen plants. Bees and other pollinating insects are attracted to the nectar and pollen provided by the large, pale lemon yellow colored flowers with dark brown centers. Majestic, branched plants provide gorgeous cut flowers throughout the summer. Easy to grow in almost any well-drained soil. In areas with a long growing season, sow a new crop every 2-4 weeks up until 3 months before first fall frost for continuous bloom.



Full sun

Blooms summer to fall

5'-7' tall

Days to Emerge:
10 - 15 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
A group of 3 seeds every 1' - 2'

When 3" tall, thin to 1 every 1' - 2'


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after average last frost.

When to start inside: 2 to 4 weeks before average last frost. For best transplanting, use paper pots or pulp pots.

Artist: Carolyn Crawford

This packet sows six 10-foot rows or ten successive sowings of 6-foot rows. 

Days to Emerge:
10-15 days

Seed Depth:

Seed Spacing:
a group of 4 seeds every 6"

Row Spacing:

When 1/2" tall, thing to 1
every 6"


When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED.
2 to 4 weeks before average last frost, and successive sowings thereafter every 3 weeks until 2 weeks before the average first fall frost. USDA zone 8 or warmer: Also in fall for winter harvest.

When to start inside: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost.

Harvesting: Pick leaves when no longer than 6", but at least 2" long; pick them individually, or cut off the plant at ground level. Harvest before plant begins to flower. You may allow the plant to flower if you plan to eat the flowers, but leaves will become bitter.

Artist: Donna Clement

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