Sunflowers are strong, easy-to-grow annuals. They will light up garden with their bright corollas and petals. Sunflowers can grow anywhere, ranging from 2 to 15 feet in height depending on the species, and their seeds can be harvested and eaten as a delicious food.
1. Choose a sunflower that suits your garden needs. While most sunflowers varieties will grow to a few feet tall, there are some miniature varieties that can be up to 3 feet tall.
Fall Beauty: This species produces large flowers that can grow to six feet in diameter. It gets its name from the flowers that resemble the fall spectrum. Copper and reddish-brown flowers are uncommon on this large stem, which can reach 7 feet tall.
Daylight: Daylight varieties are medium in size, about 5 feet tall, and produce flowers about 5 feet in diameter. The blooms of sunflowers are long and asymmetrical, and the center of the flower is usually yellow.
2. Find a sunny flower bed. Sunflowers grow in temperate and tropical climates with plenty of sunlight during the day. Climates with long, hot summers are ideal for growing sunflowers.
3. Find a shelter from the wind. If possible, it is best to shield the sunflower from the wind. Plant sunflower seeds along the fence around the house, or behind a row of strong trees. Or plant sunflowers on the north side of your garden. This prevents the sunflowers’ large flower paths from blocking the sunlight of other plants in the garden.
4. Check the pH of the soil. Sunflowers prefer slightly acidic to slightly alkaline soils with a pH between 6.0 to 7.5. However, sunflowers are relatively tolerant and can basically grow in most types of soil.
You local agricultural development agency should have soil forms, packages and directions available. After making adjustments to the soil, check the pH level.
If the pH level is below 6.0, use an acid mix or a mix of fertilizers to make the soil more fertile. If the pH of the soil is above 7.5, mix in granular sulfur to lower the pH level.
5. Make sure your soil is well drained. Although sunflowers are particularly resilient, one thing that can hurt them is soil that is too overwatered. Make sure your flower beds have proper drainage, otherwise build a simple grow bags instead.
If necessary, build a raised garden planter box our of fire boards, about 8 feet long. Fir is a great choice for gardens because it won’t rot when soaked in water.
6. Warm the soil well before planting. Plant sunflower seeds in early summer, when the soil has already warmed completely. This is usually between mid-August and late May.
It’s best to avoid transplant sunflowers. You can grow them in Gardzen marry pots directly, there’s no process to transplant.
If you don’t have enough space, it’s best to plant fewer sunflowers because if they’re forced to compete for nutrients, each plant in the direction of the rising sun, so take this into consideration when planting. Soil isn’t an issue for sunflowers. The soil which featured with many mud, fertilizer, and a mixture will help them grow tall and strong.