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New dwarf sunflower Sunbelievable

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Sunflower Sunbelievable. Picture; Thompson & Morgan
Sunflower Sunbelievable. Picture; Thompson & Morgan

Exclusive plants from Thompson & Morgan

Maybe I’ll have to add this one to my best branching sunflowers…

A new dwarf sunflower has been launched this week by Thompson & Morgan – the latest in its UK plant breeding programme.

Sunbelievable flowers continuously from June until the first frosts. In trials, plants were still blooming in late November and more 1,000 flowers were produced on each plant.

Breakthrough in plant breeding

Paul Masters, T&M’s Head of Horticulture, 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.”

Sunbelievable is the product of eight years of work by T&M’s breeding team.

Sunflower Sunbelievable. Picture; Thompson & Morgan
Sunflower Sunbelievable. Picture; Thompson & Morgan

Suitable for bedding and containers

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!

Sunflower Sunbelievable. Picture; Thompson & Morgan
Sunflower Sunbelievable. Picture; Thompson & Morgan

Doesn’t set seed

“I also realised that it was the energy that 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.”

For further information, go to https://blog.thompson-morgan.com/its-sunbelievable/

Sunbelievable is available exclusively from Thompson & Morgan’s website for delivery from April, price. £14.99 for a 9cm potted plant or £19.99 for two 9cm potted plants (saving £9.99). Go to www.thompson-morgan.com/sunbelievable.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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