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How to Care for Sunflowers Indoors

Sunflowers are a very traditional summer bloom. They are extremely striking and come in a variety of sizes. Sunflowers are a great flower to grow since they are not only beautiful to look at, but also produce a lot of tasty sunflower seeds. Most people think sunflowers can only be grown outside, but this is not true. If you know how to care for sunflowers indoors, you can grow them inside. They are one of the easiest flowers to care for. The following steps will give you all of the details needed. Read on to learn how to care for sunflowers indoors.

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Find the best indoor location for your sunflowers. The most important part of growing sunflowers is to take care of their need for full sun. This means you are required to have a spot inside that is sunny all day long (or at least most of the day). They are called “sun” flowers for a good reason. They need a lot of sun to flourish. Sunflowers will naturally face to the east--remember this tip when deciding on an indoor location for them.

Provide enough space for your sunflowers. It is essential to supply your indoor sunflower with plenty of room to grow. Since you are not planting them outside, you must give them an extra large pot to allow their roots to spread out. The bigger the pot, the better it will be for your indoor sunflower. It is best to only plant one seedling per pot to allow for adequate space. If you are planting them from seeds, you can add a few sunflower seeds and then transplant any extra ones that grow.

Supply superior soil for your sunflowers. Most sunflowers will grow in any soil conditions, but why not give them the best? You can use premium soil that will have fertilisers mixed in. These types of soil will release nutrients that are helpful to your growing sunflowers. You can also use more organic compounds, if you prefer to stay clear of fertilisers. Place mulch on top of the soil to help keep it moist.

Give them enough water. Sunflowers require very little water, once they are growing. The seeds and seedlings should be kept moist at all times though. It is probably better to use either distilled or rain water in place of tap water, since there may be chemicals in the water that are not good for your sunflowers.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sunflower seeds or seedlings
  • Extra large pot
  • Soil
  • Mulch
  • Fertilizer
  • Distilled water or rain water

About the Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.

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