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Sunflower Planting Instructions

Sunflowers are a beautiful, sun-looking plants that can grow to over 20 feet tall and feature edible seeds. Most species of sunflowers are rather hardy and can grow in extreme conditions. Their long stalks reach up to the sky and provide a beautiful bloom. Sunflower seeds see use in classrooms to teach children the basics of how a plant grows. Adding sunflowers to your garden is relatively simple and provides with many benefits for years to come.

Germinate the sunflower seeds in your home between damp pieces of paper towels. Germinating your seeds inside with increase the plant's survival rate.

Plant the seedlings in the spring when there is no danger of frost. Plant in an open area with well-drained soil where the sunflower will receive at least six to eight hours of sun a day.

Mix compost or manure into the soil where you will be planting the sunflowers. Mix it into the soil for about 3 feet until thoroughly blended.

Bury the seedling 1 inch deep into the soil and space them 6 inches apart. Plant them with the sprout side up and out of the soil. Water the newly planted seedling.

Check your sunflower every other day. If the soil around the plant is dry, water it. Pull any weeds that may be growing near the sunflower.

Provide support for your sunflowers when they start to grow tall. Support could be in the form of a stake, fence of trellis.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Compost or manure
  • Garden shovel
  • Stake, fence or trellis
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About the Author

Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.