Home Garden Variety Trials


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North Dakota Home Garden Variety Trials

To identify the best varieties for gardeners, it makes sense to test them in gardens.

You can grow sunflowers for bouquets quickly and easily. Free Sunflower Seeds!

Do you want to make someone happy? Grow them a bouquet of sunflowers. The bright blooms are guaranteed to bring a smile.

Sunflower varieties developed for cutting will bloom quickly. You can grow a bouquet of sunflowers in only 50-60 days! It's remarkable!

We will give every gardener a free packet of sunflower seeds. We have "standard" varieties that grow about 66 inches tall as well as dwarf varieties that grow only 18-24 inches tall. Dwarf varieties can be grown in gardens or in pots.

We especially encourage you to grow sunflowers with children. Each child can have their own packet. They'll have a great time. Perhaps they can grow some flowers for their teacher, friend or grandparent.

We offer 12 varieties. Download this page that describes the varieties.

When you are ready to order, click here. Seeds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would like all seeds sown by July 20.

At the end of the year, we ask you to share with us what you liked and did not like about the variety(s). We will use this information to make recommendations in the future to other gardeners in North Dakota.

Grow a bouquet of sunflowers this summer. Let's spread some happiness with our friends and children!

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Kalb, Department of Plant Sciences.


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