Growing Sunflower

helianthus annuus : Asteraceae / the daisy family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
        P P            

(Best months for growing Sunflower in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • P = Sow seed
  • Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 8 - 18 inches apart
  • Harvest in 10-11 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Cucumbers, Melons, Sweetcorn, Squash
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

12 Sep 23, Anonymous (USA - Zone 7a climate)
I live in Northern California mountains. Zone 7a. Can I allow mammoth sunflower seeds to drop in fall to winterize before spring?
14 Sep 23, Anonymous (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Maybe you would pick them and store them.
10 Oct 23, Kathleen (USA - Zone 4a climate)
Not sure if Im in zone 4a or 4b (Ossipee, NH). When should I plant sunflower seeds?
05 Dec 23, nancy aldape (USA - Zone 9a climate)
I love sunflowers
02 Jan 24, Celeste Archer (Canada - Zone 5a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Me too.
24 May 24, Anonymous (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Is the end of May too late to start sunflowers in Zone 9b?
28 May 24, Lisa (USA - Zone 7b climate)
I want to plant sunflowers for table arrangements for a fund raiser Oct 19. What variety would be best for a late planting and when should i plant them for the right timing?
30 Jun 24, Maureen McGrath (USA - Zone 8b climate)
What's the latest I can plant sunflowers in my zone?
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What ph is required for sunflowers. Im guessing 7.0. Do they benefit from composted chicken droppings?

- Pete

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