How to Plant Sunflower Seedlings


Sunflowers come in many different varieties and are attractive additions to any garden or landscape. Sunflowers are easy to grow from seed and are very hardy, making them optimal plants for many different types of climates. Planting sunflower seedlings is simple, requiring lots of water and sunlight but little other special care. The success rate for seedling growth is high, so you'll likely be pleased with the results of your seedling plantings.

Step 1

Plant your sunflower seedlings in the spring, after all danger of frost has passed. If you live in a climate that doesn't experience freezing temperatures, you can plant the seedlings any time of year.

Step 2

Choose a spot to plant your sunflower seedlings that's protected from wind but still receives at least six hours of full, direct sunlight every day. If you're planting the seedlings in your garden, make sure that they won't overshadow the other garden plants as the sunflowers grow.

Step 3

Plant your seedlings in well-drained soil. Bury the seedlings at least 1 inch deep into the soil, but no more than 3 1/2 inches deep. Space the seedlings 6 inches apart, planting them sprout side up.

Step 4

Keep the area around the seedlings free of weeds. Water your sunflower seedlings every day to moisten the soil well and prevent it from drying out.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't forget to provide supports for your sunflowers, particularly the very tall varieties. Try to plant these next to a fence or trellis.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunflower seedlings
  • Paper towels
  • Plant supports (optional)


  • How to Grow Gorgeous Sunflower Plants Even If You Lack a Green Thumb!

Who Can Help

  • University of Wisconsin Extension: Alternative Field Crops Manual: Sunflower
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