Sunflowers are super easy to grow, lovely and bright, and suit all kinds of gardens or outdoor spaces. Sunflower seeds are really cheap and you can also harvest the seeds directly from the flowers, so it’s easy and cheap to grow year after year.
Place one seed in a small pot, water the soil well and leave it on a sunny windowsill to germinate. Once the plant is about ten or twenty centimetres tall, you can transfer to its outdoor growing spot. Dig a hole about half a foot deep and firm the soil well around the plant. Sunflowers (as the name suggests) need a lot of sunshine so make sure they’re not in a shady spot.
Keep the plants well watered, fed and make sure you stake them up. There are lots of varieties of sunflower available, but many of them - including these Sutton seeds - will grow to nine foot or more. They have massive, beautiful yellow flowers which will come out in the late summer. They are great for attracting pollinating insects such as bees. They so also attract pests such as slugs and snails so it’s important to keep them away (especially when the plants are little) – use a non-chemical based solution for this if you can, or protect seedlings and small plants with cloches.
I would really recommend sunflowers for novices and experts alike, and they are especially lovely for children as they grow so quickly – so you get speedy returns on your effort –great for keeping the little ones engaged.
The sunflower is one of my favourite plants. It is grand, simple and beautiful, not to mention very easy to grow! Suttons giant sunflower seeds are a great option if you are thinking about growing sunflowers.
I have 3 small children and every year we plant sunflowers and then compete to see who's grows the tallest. It is a wonderful choice of plant for this purpose for many reasons: large easily handled seeds, quick germination, fast growing, tolerant and very rewarding.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the sunflower but just incase it is a tall (sometimes very tall) plant with Bristly leaves and a large flower head. The flower is a circle of bright yellow petals around a large head of seeds.
Sunflowers are easy to grow and are generally heat and drought tolerant. They prefer direct sunlight and well drained soil. They are safest planted where there is shelter from strong winds and can be started indoors or planted directly into soil outside.
They grow quickly and produce satisfying large blooms which look spectacular as cut flowers. When cut they tend to last up to a week in a vase. Once they have died, my children and I collect the seeds from the flower head and leave to dry (usually in a dish near a radiator). We then store them until the following year and each time I am surprised at the level of success we have with germination.
If you don't have the time or inclination to do this, suttons sunflower seeds can be purchased from most garden centres and some supermarkets. They can also be purchased from the suttons website for £1.99. Each pack contains approx 50 seeds which is more than I ever require.
I am by no means a gardener and as a novice, I get a great amount of pleasure from growing sunflowers and my children do too. Highly recommended.
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 / /