Sunflower is a beautiful annual flower that blooms in the summertime. The plant grows to be about two to three feet tall, with large, bright yellow flowers. The sunflower is a native of North America, but is now grown all over the world.
Plant need well-drained, fertile soil to grow their best.
Full sun is best for Plant – they need at least six hours of sunlight each day to grow well.
Water Plant regularly, giving them about an inch of water each week. Be sure to water at the base of the plant, rather than from overhead, to avoid wetting the leaves and flowers.
A general-purpose fertilizer will work well for sunflowers. Apply it according to the package directions, usually once or twice during the growing season.
Sunflowers need plenty of space to grow – plant them about 18 inches apart in the garden.
Harvesting and Seeds:
Cut Plant when the flowers are fully open and the backs of the heads are yellow. Hang them upside down to dry, then remove the seeds. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place, and plant them next spring.
Pests and Diseases:
Plant are relatively resistant to pests and diseases, but watch out for aphids, Japanese beetles, and gray mold. These can all be controlled with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or other organic pest control products.