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Sunblievable performs well in a pot.

Sunblievable performs well in a pot.

Sunflowers as you have never seen them before

Richard Wright

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Friday, January 12, 2018 - 15:16

THIS time of year, we gardeners dream of the sun in the drabness of this dour season.
And, on this occasion, that dream is simply Sunbelievable — the name of a prolific new sunflower from seed company Thompson & Morgan.
Sunflowers mostly have a defined and fairly short blooming period but Sunbelievable starts in June and continues until the first frosts, the seed and plant company says.
It is more than just a ray of sunshine, it is a positive sunburst.
In trials, plants were still blooming in late November — incredibly, more than 1,000 flowers produced on each plant during the growing season.
T&M’s head of horticulture, Paul Masters, said:“Sunbelievable is an amazing breakthrough in decorative plants for the garden in an area that has been distinctly lacking in innovation in previous years. 
“We expect this fabulous new sunflower to make a real impact in people’s gardens — its non-stop blooming will appeal to sunflower lovers and gardeners everywhere.”
Set to create quite a media buzz, Sunbelieveable is the product of eight years of work by T&M’s breeding team. Head plant breeder Charles Valin’s vision was to breed a sunflower that was long-flowered and which could be used and enjoyed as a bedding plant as well as in containers.
Charles said: “I was always disappointed by the garden performance of traditional pot sunflowers. I’ve crossed the very best with the very best to really boost the plant’s performance. 
“I still can’t believe how many flowers this plant can produce. 
“I also realised it was the energy the plant put into setting seed that was preventing it from flowering for long. 
“So I aimed to create a new hybrid that would not set seed and would therefore carry on flowering all summer long.”
Sunbelievable is available exclusively from Thompson & Morgan’s website for delivery from April . 
At £14.99 for a 9cm potted plant or £19.99 for two, it is not cheap but it would make a great gift.
I may wait until seed is available.
l For further information and specifics on Sunbelievable’s features, go to https://blog.thompson-morgan.com/its-sunbelievable/

 


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