Growing Sunflower

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26 Aug 09 ian robertson (Australia - temperate climate)
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.
12 Sep 17 madelene (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
HI, we are located in central Victoria and I want to sow a large strip of sunflowers in our paddock ready for the neighbours garden wedding on 17th Feb 2018. We are not out of the woods with Frost yet I don't think, but spring is definitely in the air. We haven't hit full spring yet but by 2 weeks I am assuming it will be. When should I plant the seeds? Should I wait another month or so? Havent prepared the ground yet at all.
06 May 17 Seonie Robst (Australia - temperate climate)
We grow 'Giant Russians' and grow cucumbers and beans up them. Protect them from the wind - grow them in blocks like corn or in rows against a shed or hedge - give them lots of water. But the white seeds are no good for stock feed so for chook feed we grow 'Van Goghs' and for decoration we grow 'Teddy Bears'.
24 Jan 17 Joy (Australia - temperate climate)
Advice please. We are hosting a wedding in October 2017 in Northern New South Wales. Close to QLD border, 8 Km from ocean. The bride would like plenty of sunflowers in the garden beds. When should I plant seeds & where is the best place to buy seeds from ?
20 Jan 17 Ken Adams (Australia - temperate climate)
My English friend is not very good at gardening and has some sunflowers she is wondering if she can substitute some time each day in the oven instead of direct sunlight as her apartment is quite shaded? Any help would be greatly appreciated
18 Jun 16 Heather Carey (Australia - temperate climate)
Get them for about $3 kg from a pet food shop they are used for bird seed. Also get dung peas $2 kg for fertilising the soil and pea sprouts- the tender tops, baby peas and edible purple flowers. They are really a great edible picking crop at any time of year .. grow them thickly after soaking and cover with cloth - an old sheer curtain or newspaper until they are 10cm high to keep the birds from stealing them. My favourite multi functioning plant. You could package the seeds and advise on how to plant for flowers and salads - like how long it takes before you can harvest the shoots,flowers and peas ( they are more flowery than sweet peas). Also trombone Zuccinis are the most fantastic climbing zuccini that grows tiny or gigantic ( over a metre long) zuccs and marrows ( when they are larger) .
02 Nov 15 luke oktavian (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hey guys beginner here. I'm growing sunflowers in a pot. I planted 10 seeds. 2 in each spot. But after i read this post i think i planted too close. Is that going to be a problem I have spotted 1 seedling today but not sure whether should i move it to a smaller pot or not. So far only 1 seed grows into a seedling after 5days.
30 May 13 Brett (Australia - temperate climate)
Ive got some international seeds, Mongolian giants, reaches heights of 24ft and flowers heads 18" wide! Can't wait to plant these after the winter frost period!
25 Feb 13 Oliver (Australia - temperate climate)
Get rid of the pot. If you want your plant to be 6 ft, a pot will not be able to support it. Use a Large recycling bucket . Not a bin, a bucket. As it nears your target height, plant a stake and tie the flower gently to it. Support the stake by stringing it to a bucket with the string only going tight when the stake falls. String from four side of the stake.
05 Feb 13 hannah (Australia - temperate climate)
hey well i searched up sunflowers and how to grow them apparently it said that you have to have good seeding soil and sow 1.5 inches - 2.5 inches. so i hope this helped and good luck on the fundraiser
30 Jan 13 Roberto Giorgio (Australia - temperate climate)
I have grown Sunflowers this Summer Season that stand 2.14m (7 Feet) tall. Do you want me to send you some of the seeds from the tallest one so you can plant them this comming October 2013.. I had no trouble growing them. I will be harvesting the seeds soon. Regards, Roberto Giorgio Urban Farmer Holden Hill SA 5088
05 Nov 14 Sheryl (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello Robert Could you tell me what variety of Sunflower you planted. I am looking to plant sunflowers to harvest the seeds for my chickens & of course their delightful presence in the garden Cheers Sheryl
02 Mar 13 Charmaine (Australia - temperate climate)
Roberto may I have some seeds too? Plz email me [email protected]
03 May 12 Robert Goyette (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I grow potted sun flower seedlings in a glass cage,with a glass top to protect from rain and wind I eventually take the glass top off and just have the glass sides, That way the wind does not blow the plant over. Robert
28 Feb 12 Aleise (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi my science teacher has entered the class in a sunflower comp do you have any tips for me to make it grow big! Thankyou
12 Sep 11 justine (Australia - temperate climate)
Why cant you plant sunflower with potato
16 Aug 11 David Costa (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
Hi, I own a flower shop in the UK and a customer of ours has aksed to deliver some cut sunflowers to an address in Port Melbourne, Victoria. Our suppliers say that they are completely unavailable as it is winter. Is this the case? Or can someone help and point me in the right direction? Many thanks
19 Aug 11 florence (Australia - arid climate)
Hello, I m going to grow some nice sunflowers which are called sunfola (the one used for the oil which has edible seeds)... I know that is not the same but if your client is really ''on'' the sunflower idea, perhaps could he just send seeds? This is just the time to saw them (because we are just coming out the winter in here!) ... sorry :) I buy my seeds at EDEN SEEDS in Australia-. They is the mammoth (big one, over 300mm), the yellow empress, (with a large sized head)and the giant russian. GOod luck!! French living in Qld- Australia.
19 Jan 20 Bee (Australia - tropical climate)
I live in Sunshine Coast qld; popped a sunflower seed in the Dirt (NOT bought soil) in september 2019. Kept the ground watered untill its green stem was 30cm tall then I let it on it’s own. By December it was 120 cm tall with one huge flower. This month January 2020 the flower started to droop and lose petals and around 300 to 400 seeds where produced in the face of the seed. Considering the dry conditions in aus this summer and my lack of watering I thought this was impressive.
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