Every yard should have sunflowers! They're one of the easiest and most
rewarding flowers to grow from seed. In addition to the familiar yellow, flower
colors include peach, bronze, red, and multi-toned. Sizes range from dwarf
varieties growing 18 to 24 inches high to 15-foot-tall giants; seed
packets will tell you the mature height. Here's how to grow these beauties:
1. Prepare. Loosen soil
to a depth of 6 to 8 inches using a shovel or tiller. Mix in some compost or
slow-release fertilizer to provide plants with nutrients. Then rake the soil
smooth, removing any large clumps and rocks.
2. Plant. Sow sunflower
seeds about an inch deep and 6 inches apart. Either poke a hole with your finger
and place the seed in the hole, or use a hoe to create a shallow furrow. Cover
seed with soil and press gently.
3. Grow. Water
soil to keep it moist, and pull weeds that sprout nearby. Once seedlings are
a few inches tall, thin them by removing extra plants so the remaining ones
are about a foot apart. Apply organic mulch, like bark chips, to control weeds
and conserve soil moisture, keeping the mulch an inch or two from stems.
4. Enjoy. Sit back and
enjoy these beauties in your garden, or harvest a bouquet of sunshine to enjoy
Garden Seed Association (HGSA) |
P.O. Box 93, Maxwell, CA 95955 |
Phone (530) 438-2126 |
AT A GLANCE
Planting time: After last spring frost
Planting depth: 1 inch deep
Spacing in row: 6 inches apart; thin
to 1 foot apart.
Time to flower : 45 to 70 days, depending