Create a Beautiful Sunflower Teddy Bear with These Easy Steps

Create a Beautiful Sunflower Teddy Bear with These Easy Steps

The Sunflower Teddy Bear is a hybrid variety within the Helianthus annuus species. This unique sunflower features branching stems that are covered in fuzzy, teddy bear-like hairs, giving it its name. Within just 70-90 days from planting, the Sunflower Teddy Bear will reach its final mature state, with each plant growing to be around one acre in size.

Sunflower Teddy Bears are hardy plants that can be grown in a variety of zones, from 2-10. They can withstand a wide range of pests and diseases, and are not generally affected by humidity or temperature. They are easy to grow from seeds, which can be sown directly into the soil or started indoors in containers.

When growing Sunflower Teddy Bears, it’s important to provide them with plenty of sunlight and water. They thrive in full sun and require watering at least once a week, or more frequently during hot, dry periods. These sunflowers begin blooming in early summer and will continue to produce flowers for several weeks.

The Sunflower Teddy Bear has become a popular cut-flower variety, thanks to its unique and charming appearance. It makes a beautiful addition to bouquets and vases, bringing a touch of golden-yellow color to any floral arrangement. When harvesting, it’s best to wait until the petals of the sunflower have completely opened and the back of the flower head turns a dark brown color.

If you’re interested in growing Sunflower Teddy Bears, be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Select a sunny spot in your garden with well-draining soil.
  2. Sow the seeds directly into the soil or start them indoors in containers.
  3. Water the seedlings thoroughly and keep the soil moist until they reach maturity.
  4. Protect the plants from pests and diseases by regularly inspecting the leaves and stems.
  5. Once the flower heads have fully opened, you can cut them for bouquets or leave them to self-seed for the next growing cycle.

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How to Grow and Care for Teddy Bear Sunflower

Teddy Bear sunflowers are a unique variety of sunflower that is loved for their cute and fuzzy appearance. They have a dwarf growing habit and produce adorable double flowerheads that resemble teddy bears. In this article, we will provide you with all the information you need to grow and care for Teddy Bear sunflowers.

Growing Teddy Bear Sunflowers:

Status Annual (can be planted as perennials in warmer zones)
Light Full sunlight
Temperature 55-85 degrees Fahrenheit
Soil Well-drained soil
Water Regular watering needs, but avoid overwatering
Spacing Plant seeds 6-12 inches apart

Teddy Bear sunflowers are easy to grow and can reach a height of 2-3 feet. They can be directly seeded into the garden after the last frost, or you can start them indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost for earlier blooms. If starting indoors, sow the seeds in small pots with potting soil and place them in a sunny location. Once the seedlings have at least two sets of true leaves, they can be transplanted into the garden.

Care for Teddy Bear Sunflowers:

Teddy Bear sunflowers are generally low-maintenance plants, but they do require some care to thrive.

Water: Water the plants regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Avoid watering the leaves to prevent fungal diseases.

Fertilizer: Fertilize the plants with an all-purpose fertilizer once a month during the growing season to promote healthy growth and flower production.

Support: As Teddy Bear sunflowers grow taller, they may need support to prevent them from toppling over. You can use stakes or cages to support the plants.

Deadheading: To encourage continuous blooming, remove faded flowerheads by cutting them off just above the first set of leaves.

Harvesting: Teddy Bear sunflowers make great cut-flowers. When the flowerheads have fully opened, cut them from the stems and place them in a vase with water. They will keep their golden-yellow blooms for several days.

Repotting: If growing Teddy Bear sunflowers in containers, they may need to be repotted into larger pots as they grow.


Teddy Bear sunflowers are relatively trouble-free, but they can be susceptible to common sunflower problems such as powdery mildew and aphids. To prevent these issues, ensure good air circulation around the plants, and regularly inspect them for any signs of pests or diseases.

In conclusion, growing and caring for Teddy Bear sunflowers is a rewarding experience. With their unique and charming features, they are sure to bring joy and satisfaction to your garden or floral arrangements. Follow the steps mentioned above, and you’ll be enjoying the fuzzy blossoms of Teddy Bear sunflowers in no time!

Teddy Bear Sunflower Care

The Teddy Bear sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is a dwarf type of sunflower that is known for its unique fluffy petals. This sunflower variety is native to North America and is popular among gardeners for its cute and cuddly appearance. In this section, we will provide some information on how to care for Teddy Bear sunflowers to ensure their proper growth and blooming.

Planting: Teddy Bear sunflowers can be grown by directly seeding them in the garden or by starting them indoors and then transplanting them. For outdoor sowing, wait until after the last frost when the temperature is consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Teddy Bear sunflowers are typically planted in rows or lines to create a beautiful display. The seeds should be sown about 1 inch deep and 6 inches apart.

Growing Conditions: Teddy Bear sunflowers prefer full sunlight and well-draining soil. They can grow up to 2.5 feet tall, so make sure to provide them with enough space to branch out. A spacing of about 1.5 to 2 feet between plants is recommended. These sunflowers are adaptable to various soil types but perform best in fertile soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5.

Watering: Teddy Bear sunflowers need regular watering, especially during dry periods. Water the plants deeply, ensuring that the soil is thoroughly soaked. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot. As a general guideline, water the plants once or twice a week, depending on the level of rainfall and humidity in your area.

Fertilizing: To promote healthy growth, you can feed Teddy Bear sunflowers with a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season. Alternatively, you can amend the soil with compost or well-rotted manure before planting to provide a nutrient-rich environment for the plants.

Protection: While Teddy Bear sunflowers are generally resistant to pests and diseases, it is important to monitor them for any signs of damage. If pests become a problem, you can use organic insecticides or other pest control methods to protect the plants. Additionally, providing some support, such as stakes or cages, can help protect the plants from strong winds and ensure their upright growth.

Harvesting: Teddy Bear sunflowers begin to bloom from mid-summer and continue until the fall. The flowerheads can be cut for use as fresh or dried flowers. To maximize the vase life of cut-flower sunflowers, harvest them in the morning or evening when the rays of the sun are not as strong. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and place them in a vase filled with water. Remove any leaves that will be below the waterline to prevent bacterial growth.

To guarantee a great display of Teddy Bear sunflowers in your garden, make sure to provide them with the right growing conditions, including ample sunlight, well-draining soil, and regular watering. By following these care instructions, you can enjoy the satisfaction of watching these adorable sunflowers grow and bloom.

For more information on Teddy Bear sunflower care, you can visit the following links:

Teddy Bear Sunflower Seeds – Beautiful dwarf sunflower seeds selected for their fluffy petals
Teddy Bear Sunflower Growing Tips – Information on how to grow Teddy Bear sunflowers from seed
Teddy Bear Sunflower Pests and Diseases – Common pests and diseases that may affect Teddy Bear sunflowers
Teddy Bear Sunflower Life Cycle – A step-by-step guide to the life cycle of Teddy Bear sunflowers

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.