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.
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.
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.
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.
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 represent faith, happiness, hope and unity and commemorate third anniversaries. Sunflowers are the state flower of Kansas. Sunflowers continually position themselves in the sun's direct path to receive the maximum amount of nourishment, which its brilliant yellow color reflects.
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.
Sunflower seeds come from the sunflower (Helianthus annuus), which is a plant that has large bright yellow petals and a seed-filled center. The shells of the seeds are black with white or gray stripes, and contain edible seeds that are black or gray-green in color.
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
The Miss Mars, or Ms. Mars, sunflower, Helianthus annuus, has petals that are merlot in color and transition to pink over time. Miss Mars flowers are available for sale from Burpee.