Growing sunflowers is easy
- Choose a spot that is in full sun but will drain well (sunflowers need 6-8 hours of sun each day).
- Plant seeds into moist ground that has been improved with compost and manure. The seeds should be planted about 50cm apart.
- Water every day until the seeds germinate (which could take about 10 days).
- When they’re young water them 3-4 times a week and use a water-soluble fertiliser once a week.
- As the plant matures and reaches about a half metre high, water 2-3 times a week and fertilise every other week.
- Regularly remove any weeds that pop up as they will overtake your sunflowers’ growing space.
- A thin layer of organic mulch will deter weeds and help to retain moisture.
- Depending on the variety you’ve chosen, you may need to support your sunflowers with stakes as they grow.
- Giant varieties will almost certainly need a stake for support when fully grown.
Grow a summer sunflower cubby
- Choose a spot for your cubby and dig a large circle – make sure it will be big enough for your kids to fit inside.
- Leave a gap at the front of the circle for a ‘doorway’.
- Plant giant sunflower seeds around the circle.
- You can also plant seeds for smaller sunflowers in between the larger ones, for more support at the base of the cubby.