Big & Bold Seed Collection
If you want to make a statement in your garden, these are the ones to grow! This collection contains 4 seed pkgs, 1 each of Musa Banana, Ricinus Zanzibaransis, American Giant Sunflower and Benarys Giant Zinnia.
Musa Banana: Musa ensete. (Large Seeded). Also known as Ethopian Banana. A fast growing plant that makes a wonderful centerpiece in an outdoor container, or a handsome tropical houseplant. Can grow to 20 feet high in warm climates or in a large solarium. Gets 2-3 feet the first year and up to 4-5 feet in the second. Prefers full sun to light shade where summers are hot. Easy to overwinter in any bright room. Approximately 5 seeds/pkg, 13 seeds/25g.
Ricinus Zanzibaransis: R. communis. Also known as Castor Bean. Probably the largest variety with the largest leaves! Leaves can get 2-3 feet wide and are bright green with conspicuous white veining. Please note that all parts of the plant are poisonous. These plants may have various coloured seed heads. Add something exotic to your garden. Ricinus is grown for grand stature, with its huge, tropical foliage and ornamental seed pods. Sow outdoors after final frost. Height 6-8 feet tall. Approximately 12 seeds/pkg.
American Giant Sunflower: Look no further for the best huge variety to win sunflower competitions. This hybrid beauty can reach up to 16 feet tall supported by a strong, sturdy stalk. Enormous leaves are topped with 10 inch golden yellow flowers that bees just can't resist. Grow this giant for a stunning display along the back of any flower garden. Matures in 70 days. Approximately 20 seeds/pkg
Benarys Giant Zinnia: Zinnia elegans. The colours in this mix are so bright and colourful they'll knock your boots off. These 3-4" fully double beauties are grown atop vigorous, long thick stems. Zinnias make an excellent statement in any flower arrangement as they are an excellent cut flower and have great disease resistances. Height 28-36". Approximately 25 seeds/pkg.
Planting Banana: Start indoors. Germination can be erratic and generally takes 3-6 months at 24-30 degrees C. Soak seed for at least 24 hrs (up to 4 days) in warm water before sowing. Cracking or ‘taking a nick’ out of the seed coat can be helpful but is difficult to do. Sow just below soil surface; keep in a moist, dark place. Bottom heat is helpful. Inspect regularly. As soon as a seed starts to germinate, carefully dig it out and plant into a 5 inches pot. Plant outside after last frost or grow in a sunny room. Indoors they can gets 2-3 feet the first year and 4-5 feet the second year. In our outdoor display gardens at Veseys they have grown to over 7 feet tall in a single season! Prefers full sun to light shade where summers are hot. Keep well watered and fertilize regularly. Protect from frost. Not hardy.
Planting Zanzibaransis: Start inside 6-8 weeks before planting out in large peat pots. Soak seeds for 24 hours and cover with 1 inch of soil and provide a warm soil of 21 degrees C. Can also be planted directly outdoors after the soil warms up and after all risk of frost. Transplant after last frost into a full sun location, 2-3 feet apart.The richer the soil, the larger this plant will grow. Please note that all parts of the plant are poisonous.
Planting Sunflower: Direct seed outdoors after all danger of frost is past. (Dwarf varieties can be seeded inside in peat pots 3 weeks before planting out.) Sow 1 inch deep in light, well-drained soil. Keep moist until seed germinates in 10-14 days. Space in a full sun location 6-24 inches apart depending on variety. Giant varieties should be be planted 20-24 inches apart, while cut flower varieties should be spaced 6-10 inches apart to get smaller heads and slender stems for bouquets.
Planting Zinnia: Zinnias are usually direct seeded after last frost. Or start inside 6 weeks before last frost. Lightly cover and provide warmth (21-26 degrees C). Germinates in 5-10 days. Transplant after last frost into a full sun location, 6-12 inches apart. Pinch out the growing tip to encourage branching. Water, fertilize, and deadhead regularly. Susceptible to mildew.