When growing sunflowers, take the seeds and place them in a wet napkin and put them in a plastic bag to spur germination. Grow sunflowers with tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.
Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen from Vanveenbulbs.com. In this segment we're going to learn all about how to plant sunflowers, one of my favorite plants. Sunflowers are such a beautiful flower and they're so easy to grow. There's many different varieties. There's the traditional sunflower that we get our sunflower seeds from. There are other sunflowers in many other shapes and sizes that grow really well to. They're actually pretty simple to grow. These particular plants came in from the neighbor's yard. I didn't plant these. They actually just started growing in the other part of the beds. I saw them coming up and recognized them as sunflower and transplanted over here. Now, they're growing here. That's how easy it is. So, I never planted these the birds did, or the wind brought them in, but either way I'm enjoying them. They are one of my favorite plants in my yard. It's easy to grow sunflowers. They are just a little tiny seed. A very easy way for me to start seeds is I take a seed packet and I put some seeds into a napkin or a paper towel and then I wet that down and then I put it in a plastic bag. Then I leave it in a drawer in the house for one or two days and I check on it about once or twice a day or every couple of days and maybe add water if it starts to dry out a bit. I just started adding the bags because I realized it's a much easier way. I was just doing it on a plate. You'll check and you'll find that they'll get little starts, the seeds will have little tiny starts on them. So, when you find the seed and it has a start then you turn around and just barely put that start into the ground and you can grow your own sunflowers. Another easy way to grow sunflowers is by; in seed trays. So, I'd fill this up with the seed starting mix which is just pretty much potting soil with a little more vermiculite in it to get a little more air. Then you just pop a few seeds in each tray. Eventually they'll start growing and get a good set of roots. Then when they have a good set of roots you just pop them into the ground. You can actually take the seeds and put them right into the ground just barely covering them up. A lot of times they'll sprout right into the ground. They're very easy to grow. So, the key is once you have them planted is make sure and give them lots of water, because they don't want to dry out too much. If they're too dry you'll lose them. Let's make sure they get as much sun as possible. They like full hot sun. A little shade is OK if it's warm, but they seem to do really well in really sunny places. Outside of that; that's all you need to do. Plant them and forget them and you can enjoy them the rest of the summer.