Sunflower Helianthus annuus
How to sow sunflower: Direct seed outdoors after last frost in groups of 2-3, thin to 1 plant when true leaves appear
Sun requirement for sunflower: Plant in Full Sun
Sunflower has been planted 40 times by Growstuff members.
Sunflowers are large flowers with bright to deep yellow ray florets surrounding a large circular grouping of disc florets that mature into seeds. Sunflowers are grown for ornamental purposes, cut flowers, or their edible seeds. They can reach heights of 300cm or more.
Median lifespan10 weeks
First harvest expected10 weeks after planting
Last harvest expected11 weeks after planting
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