To plant sunflower seeds, sow the seeds directly in the garden in an area with full sun. Cover the seeds with loose soil, and water each seed thoroughly. After the seedlings develop, thin the plants, add mulch and water the sunflowers regularly.
Sunflowers stop blooming during periods of drought, so watering them regularly is recommended. It is very important that sunflowers receive full sunlight. Sunflowers are able to grow in most soils, but sturdier, loamy soil yields healthier plants.
To plant sunflower seeds, place the seeds in a sunny area that has well-draining soil. Some varieties of sunflower require a stake for support.
Grow sunflowers by selecting a good location, preparing the soil, watering the plants, fertilizing the plants correctly, and supporting the plants. You need compost, fertilizer, water, stakes and sunflower seeds.
Sunflowers thrive with regular watering. However, daily watering is not a requirement when growing sunflowers. While sunflowers can withstand drought, they tend to grow the best in slightly moist well-drained soil.
Some interesting facts about sunflowers are that they can grow to be 15 feet tall, they grow well in most types of soil and Kansas is the sunflower state. While the sunflower is actually native to North America, the former Soviet Union grows the most sunflowers.
According to the University of Vermont, sunflowers are generally resistant to deer, although in early spring, a deer eats most green plants not yet in bloom. Plants rich in protein are the most attractive to deer, and well-fertilized gardens in the early spring and summer are bountiful targets.
The Giant Sungold, the Mammoth Russian and the Strawberry Blond are different varieties of sunflowers. The Giant Sungold is characterized by a large puffy bloom and grows over 6 feet in height. The Mammoth Russian is a more traditional looking sunflower and grows between 9 and 12 feet tall.
Sunflowers grow best in environments where temperatures range between 70 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit, but they can grow in temperatures ranging from 64 to 91 degrees Fahrenheit. Sunflowers are able to germinate at temperatures as low as 39 F, but growing seedlings can perish at temperatures below 28 F
Sunflower seeds are good for the human body. They are an excellent source of vitamin E and contain dense amounts of copper and vitamin B1. Additionally, they are good sources of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, vitamin B3 and selenium.