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Gardening: 5 Tips on How to Grow Sunflowers in Your Garden

Here are 5 easy tips to grow beautiful sunflowers in your garden this year!
Tips on Growing Sunflowers from Walking on Sunshine

Who doesn't love a beautiful field of sunflowers? 

For as long as I can remember I have loved sunflowers.  Sunflowers are easy to grow and will brighten up any garden with their large  heads and petals. Sunflower seeds can be harvested to enjoy as a snack!  

Although most sunflowers are yellow, there are varieties that range in color from red to orange.   For this week's tip I am sharing with you 5 Tips on How to Grow Sunflowers in your Garden this summer. 

5 Tips on How to Grow Sunflowers in Your Garden

Sunflowers are easy to grow and are very hardy plants.  Some varieties can grow up to 15 feet tall so make sure you find an area that can accommodate  their size.  Sunflowers LOVE warm climates with full sunshine during the day.  If possible, plant the sunflowers on the north side of your garden.  This prevents the large sunflower stalks from shading other plants in the garden.  Be mindful that you may have to stake the sunflowers as they grow to keep them from falling over.

My niece, Gracie, standing besides one of our biggest sunflowers ever last summer...
Gracie standing next to our largest sunflower.

  • Type of Soil

Sunflowers prefer a slightly acidic soil but they are also pretty resilient and can grow in most types of soil. Make sure the soil drains well.  Even though sunflowers are pretty resilient they can be harmed when the soil is flooded.  

Sunflower head just forming...
Sunflower head just forming.

  • How to Plant

Plant the sunflower seeds when the soil temperatures have warmed.  Make sure you plant the seeds at least 6 inches apart and cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of soil.  Keep the soil moist and the seeds should sprout in 10 to 14 days.  

Getting larger...
Sunflower head getting bigger.

  • How to Water

Only water the sunflowers when the top of the soil is dry to the touch.  Sunflowers are drought tolerant and do not grow well in waterlogged soil, so be careful.  

Getting ready to open up...
Sunflower head getting ready to open.

  • When to Harvest

Sunflowers are ready for harvesting when the back of the flower has turned from green to yellow or even brown.  Cut the flower head at the base and hang so it completely drys out.  When the seeds are completely dry, you can harvest them for planting next year or to enjoy as a snack. 

I think this is one of my favorite photos from our garden last year...
A group of sunflowers getting ready to bloom.

  • Enjoy

My final tip isn't really on how to grow sunflowers, but rather how to enjoy them!  Once they've grown take a lot of photos and step back and enjoy the beauty in your garden! 
Sunflower with bees from our garden.

Sunflowers from our garden.

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  1. Love it! My pumpkin likes sunflowers...I wonder if I could grow them?

  2. Though I have never grown sunflowers (not sure why!), I would like to try them one day. Thank you for sharing this very helpful info.


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