3 Things You Need to Know About Sunflowers
Sunflowers, when I was growing up in the 1950’s, came in one
color – yellow - and one size - large.
Now they come in all sizes and several colors. Here is what you need to know about them.
1. Sunflowers like sun. You need 6 hours, minimum, to make them grow and perform well. The more sun, the more blossoms. No need to fertilize them, and they are relatively drought tolerant once established.
Full sun is best for growing sunflowers
2. Sunflowers growing out in the open will face east in the morning, and west in the afternoon. But if you don’t want them facing away from you, plant them against your house or barn. They will always face out, away from a building. And you can attach a string to hooks screwed into the house on either end of the row, and keep them from falling over in the wind.
Pollinators like bumblebees love sunflowers
3. Generally it is best to start seedsby planting directly in the ground. But if you have lots of chipmunks or squirrels, they may eat your sunflowers as soon as they start growing in the spring. Solution? Start them indoors in flats, and transplant them once they are 4 to 6 inches tall. Plant mammoth sunflowers afoot or more apart, and little ones closer together, say 6 inches.
Sunflowers make great cutflowers in a vase, too.
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