Growing Sunflower

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 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 18 inches 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

02 Aug 21, Renee (USA - Zone 6a climate)
Is it too late to plant sunflower seeds in Ohio (zone 6) and expect results?
06 Aug 21, (USA - Zone 6a climate)
Go by the guide here.
06 Jul 21, Tracey (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I’m new at this and just picked a 6ft sunflower roots and all in Texas and I’m going to replant in Arizona Zone9B. How often do they have to be watered?
10 Jul 21, Anon (USA - Zone 11b climate)
The longer you leave to transplant something the harder it is to have it survive. The roots can not take up enough water to keep a full grown plant a live. In zone 9b you should have harvested the sunflower by now. You transplant when plants are young 2-6 new leaf stage
07 Jul 21, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If they survive the move and don't have too much root damage, then water every two to three days. to keep the roots damp but not swamped.
07 Apr 21, Donna Mourra (USA - Zone 10b climate)
I'm looking for a sunflower plant for Zone 10
08 Apr 21, Anonymous (USA - Zone 10b climate)
Google a sunflower seed selling website and pick one out.
30 Mar 21, (USA - Zone 6b climate)
I live in Cleveland ohio. Wanted to know if I can grow sun flowers here
03 Apr 21, aurora (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Yes! I've visited Cleveland countless times and I've been to a sunflower field there :)
31 Mar 21, Anonymous (USA - Zone 7a climate)
You can work out your climate zone from the blue tab then go to sunflower page.
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Not too many plants like wet soggy soil. Read the notes here.

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