Growing Sunflowers

Planting:

outside after last frost

Days to harvest:

40 – 45

Light:

full sun

By: Meriel Bradley

There is something truly magical about growing sunflowers and many reasons to grow them – here are some of my favourites:

  • They are very easy to grow
  • There are many varieties growing from just 12 inches tall to towering 14-foot giants
  • They are great for bees and other polinators
  • Depending on the variety, they can be grown for edible seeds or cut flowers
  • You can leave the seed heads up overwinter as food for the birds
  • You can grow shorter varieties in pots

Sunflowers are easy-care, but they do need to be planted in full sun – and their bright petaled heads will follow the sun through the day.

You will also want to give them a nice nutrient-rich soil to grow in to support their showy blooms and keep them well watered.

Quick Facts

Grows best in full sun

Plant in the ground after the last frost

Can be started inside before planting outside

Certain varieties can be grown for its edible seeds

40 – 45 days until the first harvest

A great food source for bees and birds

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