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Growing Sunflowers

By Yolanda Vanveen ; Updated September 21, 2017

Sunflowers are easy plants to grow whether they're started from seeds or placed in a pot. Keep sunflowers from sitting in water, and provide them with sun all day, with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening tips.


Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about growing sunflowers. Now, sunflowers are one of my favorite plants in the whole world. They're so cheery, and I just love em', and they're very easy to grow. Whether you just start em' from sunflower seeds, or you get them in a pot already growing, they're very easy to grow. And the trick is they need full hot sun all day, and good drainage. They never want to just sit in water. And the best time to start em' is in late spring. So, you just start the seeds. There's a couple ways to do it. So, you can just put the seeds in a paper bag with a paper towel, and keep em' moist and keep em' inside and you'll find that they'll start to sprout. And when you get the sprouts you can turn around and put those in the ground. Or, even in the fall you could just throw the sunflowers into the ground, and many times they'll just come up and start growing in the spring. They're really strong and really easy to grow. You can always use seed starter packs, and you just use any type of seed starter mix and you just put em' right into the dirt, and then just put the seeds right into the dirt about an inch deep. And just keep em' moist, but not sitting in water, and not too dry either, and they'll eventually sprout. And then you can turn around and they'll have nice roots, and turn around and plant em' in the ground. So, as long as the sunflowers are in a full sunny spot they'll do really well. And water em' really well in the heat of the summer, but kind of let em' dry out in the, in between watering them. And in the fall when they start dying back, and they just have lots and lots of flowers on the heads of them go ahead and, I just turn around and plant the seeds right into the ground in the fall, and they come up and bloom the next year again.


About the Author


Yolanda Vanveen is a third-generation flower grower and sustainable gardener who lives in Kalama, Wash. She is the owner of VanveenBulbs.com, selling flower bulbs on the Internet, at garden shows and at farmers markets in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. Vanveen holds a degree in communications and international studies from Linfield College, and is a graduate of the WSU Master Gardener Program. Vanveen represented the United States at the 2006 Indigenous Bulb Society Symposium in South Africa and has been featured on the PBS show Smart Gardening, demonstrating which way is up with flower bulbs.