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My daughter friend had got some sunflower seeds and my daughter came home demanding that we get some too even though she has never shown even the slightest hint of wanting to help out in the garden before.
We bought a pack of the seeds from Tesco of all places as that’s where her mother’s friend had bought hers. I was a bit dubious that buying seeds from Tesco was a good idea but I was a bit happier when I saw that the seeds were from Suttons who I had heard of.
The seeds cost £3.50 and are actually designed for children as they come with two sets of seeds and the idea is that your child plants some seeds and then the parent or sibling plants some seeds and you see who’s grow the best in a competition. I gave the second set of seeds to my son and both my children loved the idea of growing them in a competition.
We had a spare patch of soil at the side of the house so I allowed them to plant the seeds there and they had a good time doing it and although I thought that they would get bored after planting them they actually seemed to be quite enthusiastic the whole time waiting for the sunflowers to grow.
We sowed the seeds in May and I was a little worried that they wouldn’t grow and the kids would be disappointed but come the warmer weather came the sunflowers and they grew huge and the kids had great fun checking them out all the time to see which ones were the largest.
They were so easy to grow and required no special treatments. They just got sowed in normal soil and the only thing that I made sure was that we sowed them in a sunny area.
I thought these seeds were a great idea and the kids loved it. I enjoyed the sunflowers too as I think they are beautiful looking flowers.
WHAT IS IT?
These are seeds that you plant to grow large yellow sunflowers.
HOW DO YOU USE THEM?
You plant the seeds into your garden as soon as it has stopped being frosty at night. You can start off your sunflowers in pots but I think it is better to plant them straight out into the garden because if you have to take them out of the pot when they have started growing then you might damage the plant or give it stress.
They need to be planted in an area that has alot of direct sunshine and the roots spread on a healthy plant so you should take some time to prepare the soil before you plant the seeds.
WHAT I THINK
My children like to grow sunflowers in the summer and I am happy for them to do it because I think they make the garden look very beautiful and teach my children a little bit about nature also. Last year I bought the seeds from a company that is called Suttons but I have bought them from many other companies in the past and chose Suttons only because I was placing an order with them.
The seeds grew fast because we had alot of sun in the spring and our sunflowers bloomed a little bit earlier than usual also. The flowers were very large and the plants grew so that they were very tall and one of them reached as tall as 10 feet tall. The plants were all very healthy and I was happy about that, we planted ten seeds last year and we had nine plants and I think that is very good because the tenth only only did not grow because my husband bent and damaged the stem one day when he was watering the garden.
A packet that has got 50 sunflowers seeds in it costs £1.99 and I think that is value even though we did not need so many seeds.
5 Dooyoo Hearts.
Giant Yellow produces enormous sunflowers that children love to grow / Hardy annualCulture: Sow under glass March-April and outdoors April-June for flowers July-September.Sowing Time: March-April or April-JuneHeight: 201-250CMFlowering: July-SeptemberHints: Ideal for beds and borders / Attracts butterflies / Prefers full sun / Use petals and seeds in salads and cakes / /