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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 35 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.

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Predictions

Annual

living and reproducing in a single year or less

Median lifespan

11 weeks

First harvest expected

10 weeks after planting

Last harvest expected

11 weeks after planting

Height

240cm

Spread

60cm

Row Spacing

30cm

Companions

pomegranate

Photos

Sunflower crops

Sunflower plantings

Popcorn, and sun flower
Popcorn, and sun flower
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Red Sunflower
Red Sunflower
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Sunflower harvests

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Sunflower seeds

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Sunniness

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Harvested for

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Crop Map

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What people are saying about sunflowers

Coming together

by shawnacscott,

This weekend I had two full days to really focus on the yard, and I made the most of it. With the intermittent help of several others over the course of the weekend, I got both easement planter boxes filled with compost and soil, cleaned up and weeded the alley, got the stump pulled from the coni...

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Optimism is... planting butternuts at Christmas

by Skud,

Like I said in my last post, everything has been late and disorganised this spring. However, I'm trying to get some stuff planted *juuuusssssttttt* under the wire for December, and hopefully they'll have time to grow before things cool down in the new year. Last year I was pretty amazed how lon...

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A slow start to summer

by Skud,

I'm so very, very behind on my gardening. I was travelling heaps and had lots of other commitments through October/November, which is peak spring planting time here, and nothing got done. I've come to the realisation that if I'm going to do work that involves that sort of travel, I need to cut ...

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First strawberry!

by neotoma,

I had the first tiny strawberry of the season today! I'm looking forward to many more. Also, I transplanted a lot of seedlings into the community garden today: 2 [cucumber](crop)s, 3 [green bean](crop)s, 2 tongue-of-fire beans, an ornamental [sweet potato](crop), and an [artichoke](crop). I...

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Can you grow other stuff in a lavender bed?

by Skud,

Our landlords tried to make our rental property's garden low-maintenance by filling it the beds with all kinds of perennial shrubs and small trees. Unfortunately they planted everything really close together and it's caused all kinds of problems -- things under trees not getting enough light, th...

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