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How to Grow Sunflowers: A Beginner’s Guide

by Gregory
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How to Grow Sunflowers: A Beginner’s Guide


Sunflowers are easy to grow and fun for the whole family. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, and they make a beautiful addition to any garden. In this guide, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about growing sunflowers, from choosing the right variety to troubleshooting common problems.

Choosing the Right Sunflower Variety

There are many different varieties of sunflowers available, so it’s important to choose one that’s right for your garden. If you’re looking for a tall sunflower, consider the ‘Russian Giant’ variety, which can grow up to 3m tall. If you’re short on space, the ‘Choco Sun’ variety is a good choice, as it only grows to 35cm tall.

Planting Sunflowers

Sunflowers are easy to grow from seed. You can sow the seeds directly in the ground in the spring, or you can start them indoors in pots and transplant them outdoors when they’re a few weeks old. Sunflowers need full sun and well-drained soil.

Caring for Sunflowers

Sunflowers are relatively low-maintenance plants, but they do need some basic care to thrive. Water them regularly, especially during hot weather. Fertilize them every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer. And stake them if they’re growing tall, to prevent them from falling over.

Troubleshooting Common Sunflower Problems

Sunflowers are generally trouble-free, but they can sometimes be affected by pests and diseases. Aphids are a common pest of sunflowers. You can control them by spraying the plants with insecticidal soap. Sooty mold is a common disease of sunflowers. It’s caused by a fungus that grows on honeydew, a sugary substance excreted by aphids. You can prevent sooty mold by controlling aphids.

Harvesting Sunflowers

Sunflowers are ready to harvest when the back of the flower head turns brown and the seeds are plump. Cut the flower heads off the plants and hang them upside down in a warm, dry place to dry. Once the seeds are dry, you can remove them from the flower heads and store them in a cool, dry place.


Growing sunflowers is a fun and rewarding experience. With a little care, you can enjoy beautiful sunflowers in your garden all summer long.

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