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Growing Sunflower

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Sunflower in Australia - temperate regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 20 - 30 cm apart
  • Harvest in 10-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Cucumbers, Melons, Sweetcorn, Squash
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

24 May 14, Anton Marais (Australia - arid climate)
Is the Margeret River area good for the arid type sunflower - I'm from - South Africa where we used to travel down to the coast thro sunflower fields up to 300 to 400 km long - I love them on the other side of the road was gaint corn called a mielies in sa
10 May 14, dan (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I'm planning for wedding on october 11. I'd love to have a big patch of flowering sunflowers. It's in Lennox Head (near Byron) When would be a good time to plant?
16 Aug 14, Pete (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Dan, I'm only going from the 10-12 weeks to harvest in the description, but if you want them for the end of September, you better get them in the ground ASAP! Unless you buy seedlings, in which case they could be anywhere from 2-4 weeks old.
21 Jul 13, Peter Smith (Australia - temperate climate)
The cheapest place I've found to get sunflower seeds is in the birdseed section of the supermarket. The ones I bought came up well. There were two varieties; ones with a single large flower and ones with multiple smaller flowers. One bag gave enough seeds for me and to supply every gardener I know.
22 Jul 13, (Australia - temperate climate)
Yes - those seeds grow really well!
11 Jul 13, Rule the world (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Sunflowers, Grow for your chooks. They love them!
11 Apr 13, carine ferreira (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
planted sunflowers in pots 10 april want flowers to be at their peak 23 june. Think we ll be ok?
31 Jan 13, Pam (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I transplanted 150 Sunflower seedlings and now have lovely big strong plants and lots of flowers out. Hasnt affected mine any.
12 Aug 11, Tony (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I transplanted 4 sunflowers from seedling pots and they grew very well. They were about 10cm tall when I did this.
01 Dec 10, Patrick Conteh (Australia - temperate climate)
Please advise on the variety of sunflower to grow commercially for oil in Sierra Leone with temperatures that average 25 degrees C, Rainfall not a problem
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Hello all, i am a high school teacher at urrbrae ag hs down in adelaide. We have a class project to grow sunflowers. I have been allocated a good size plot. I want to make sure i get the correct variety..i want to grow the sunflowers which reach up to 5-6 feet and i would like advice on growing them. we are selling them to raise money for kids cancer and we are making a short film to go with it.

- ian robertson

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