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Sunflower seeds

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Good morning lovely people, I want to start sunflower seeds what kind of soil do they love ?

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

They will pretty much grow in any soil but like it well drained and dislike salt

Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom

I agree about these not being too fussy about soil type, my only thought would be that IF you want to grow the larger flowering type or the tall show type, then these do better in soil that has plenty added humus / compost which gives added nutrients / add air around the roots and also more importantly, help keep the roots cooler and hold moisture just that little bit longer.
These type of larger / taller flowering sunflowers all require a form of support, I use taller garden canes and a soft horticultural twine to tie the stems to the canes but not too tight, or the stems will get crushed.

Dont know IF you have kids but, my Grand-kids make little smiley faces on the open flowers,
to do this, when the larger flowers are open, use tweezers to remove the brown seedheads in the shape of a smile, then a small triangle for nose and 2 circles for eyes, it's fun and the kids will have weeks of pleasure watching the sunflowers smile at them each day, adult are amused too.
Good luck. WeeNel.

Tampa, FL(Zone 9b)

Quote from WeeNel :


Dont know IF you have kids but, my Grand-kids make little smiley faces on the open flowers,
to do this, when the larger flowers are open, use tweezers to remove the brown seedheads in the shape of a smile, then a small triangle for nose and 2 circles for eyes, it's fun and the kids will have weeks of pleasure watching the sunflowers smile at them each day, adult are amused too.
Good luck. WeeNel.


Such a cute idea...something I would have never thought about!

Victoria, Australia

Sunflowers are hardy and can grow almost anywhere; however, they may not be stable if planted in sandy soil. Sunflowers need a good hold with their roots in order to stand..

Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom

The Sunflower Family (Helianthus) is a huge Family and some of these plants do require staking depending on hight, flower size, soil, position as in windy, sheltered ect and normally.
The size of the seeds are a good indication, larger the seed the larger the growth of the plant and that does not only cover hight.

It's always wise to take note of the directions on packet of seeds, or if offered seeds, then ask what kind they are, it helps prevent the wrong plants growing in the wrong situation.
WeeNel.

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

I grow wild sunflowers &/or black seed sunflowers. They are smaller than those sold for human & pet consumption, and their plant is often a bush that has flowers over a long period, rather than a tall, thin, plant with just one large flower on the top, that then dies.

We have heavy clay soil here, but they don't seem to mind.

I put some seeds out for the birds before the seeds on the bushes ripen, so the birds are already hanging around when they are finally ripe for picking. Then, I stop putting out seed, unless & until company is coming & I want there to be a lot of birds in the yard at once!

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