Sunflower Helianthus annuus | Bee pasture
HOW TO GROW FROM SEEDS
It is very easy to grow Sunflowers from seeds. The beautiful Sunflowers need heavy feedings, so they will generate the most blooms in nutrient-rich soil that has had compost or other organic matter mixed into it. Space seeds about 15cm apart in a shallow trench between 2.5 and 5cm deep. Cover the seeds and keep watered until the seeds sprout. It may sprout in 7 to 10 days. When the first true leaves appear thin plants are about half a meter apart. The best time to sow will be between March and May.
CARE AFTER GERMINATION
Caring for Sunflower plants is easy because they are heat tolerant. Sunflower is also pest resistant and one of the fast-growing plants. Once the plant is established, water deeply but infrequently to encourage the plant to grow deep roots. Sunflowers like heat so you can water once a week with several gallons of water per plant. Or more water often if the weather is very dry or very hot. Tall Sunflower Plants may need support so they don’t topple under the weight of their blooms. Bamboo or Stakes work as a perfect support for them.
SUNFLOWER AND ITS USAGE
Sunflowers look like giant daisies, with bright yellow and sometimes red or brown petals radiating from brown centers that ripen into a head filled with seed. You can also use them for gorgeous outdoor displays in your garden, or harvest and eat their seeds. It attracts bees and birds who dine on sunflower nectar and seeds, making them an ideal choice for a wildlife or pollinator garden. It adorns the garden with a face like a sun.
Note: Information provided for guidance only, as cultural practices and climatic circumstances vary.
- Name: Sunflower
- Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus
- Common Name: Sunflower
- Hardiness Zones: 2 to 11
- Bloom Time: Midsummer
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