Growing Sunflower

helianthus annuus : Asteraceae / the daisy family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
        P P            

(Best months for growing Sunflower in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • P = Sow seed
  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 20 - 45 cm apart
  • Harvest in 10-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Cucumbers, Melons, Sweetcorn, Squash
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes
  • Sunflowers
  • Young plants

Sunflowers need full sun and grow best in fertile, well-drained, moist soil with plenty of mulch. Sunflowers do not like to be transplanted so are best grown direct from seed. The giant or Russian varieties are preferred for seed production

Grow to 1 - 2 metres (4 - 6 ft) so need staking or protection from the wind. Protect seed heads from birds when ripening with nets or paper bags. Chickens love a sunflower head hung for them to peck!

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Sunflower

Use seeds fresh or toasted or press for oil.

Your comments and tips

27 Aug 22, Dylinda Matiga (Australia - tropical climate)
I don't think sunflowers like the tropics, I think they need long days to reach full potential If you start them in March they are scrappy if it's too wet they are scrappy. In Sydney they grow huge every variety In the tropics they are scappy, a couple yellow varieties just reach 6ft I'm in Philippines autumn beauty in Sydney is brilliant but here it's scrappy. I'm experimenting year round with some 20 varieties. Helianthus tuberous would be ideal, I can't get it D Every sunflower l know will grow scrapyif planted in autumn, the flower is yuk But if you know of autumn varieties please inform me Cheers D
31 Aug 22, (Australia - tropical climate)
Plant after the wet season. Maybe it is your soil - have good draining soil. Try making a raised row or bed and plant in the top.
21 Aug 22, Jennifer Bozick (USA - Zone 6a climate)
When is a good date to start planting Sunflowers in Kansas 6a growing zone?
04 Sep 22, (USA - Zone 6a climate)
In the Planting Guide it says APRIL MAY.
13 Aug 22, Theresa C. Dougherty (USA - Zone 7b climate)
Can I plant sunflower seeds in mid August to get fall sunflowers .? I live in zone 7 b ,I grow them first in side and plant outside .
27 Jun 22, Ruby (Canada - Zone 3b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
What about growing media
29 Jun 22, marco (Australia - arid climate)
hi i live on the gold coast Queensland .i planted sunflower from seed around six weeks ago .flowers are popping out now .i live in sub tropical area . plant in a pot first ,let it grow strong then transplant . they are fun to have in the garden .
23 Jun 22, Cristal Chacon (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I planted sunflower seeds today. Hoping to get blooms by mid August. Do you think this will happen? Or not enough time?
27 May 22, Harris, Joseph (Canada - Zone 6a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Where can I buy perennial sunflowers in Quebec or Ontario (preferably Loddon Gold) My internet search, for now, has been unsuccessful - any help will be most appreciated.
14 Apr 22, Marjorie (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I’m planting mammoth sunflower in zone 9b (FL). I started the seeds in containers and moved them to the ground. For some flowers, I dug holes and filled with garden soil. For others, I planted in the ground, which is sandy. Those seem to be doing okay, too. They get sun from sunrise to sundown. Would you plant them in sandy soil?
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