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Sunflowers

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Have just found this picture from last year and its making me feel very summery!! When should I start planting my sunflower seeds?

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  1. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    Annual sunflowers come as hardy or half hardy seeds, and with the winter and spring we have had this year, I planted my seeds in February - outside, and I have now got a tray full of 8-10” tall sunflowers (I live in London). I have planted Helianthus 'Vanilla Ice', 'Valentine' and 'Claret' and hope they will all do well even though you are not really supposed to sow them in pots like I do, they apparently like best to be sown straight in the ground. But I need to grow them in pots so they can grow tall and strong before I plant them in the beds together with all the other plants, or else they won’t get any light when they are small!

    If you haven’t sown yet, wherever you live you can at least sow the hardy sunflowers now, and the half hardy can probably handle any cold nights too, as long as we don’t get hard frost – not likely as we are soon in May!

    I am including some photos of my 'Vanilla Ice' from last year, it grew so tall you won’t believe it – supposed to be 5’ tall, but grew to twice that. It looked like a sunflower on steroids! The flowers were great for cut flowers.

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    Karen Reina

    Thanks Helene , your sunflowers look fantastic!! I will get on and plant some hardy ones and many be start some half hardy ones in the greenhouse. I think we are in for some cold weather at the end of this week according to the latest forecast!


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