Growing sunflowers is an easy beginning gardening project for kids. Sunflowers are one of the easiest flowers to plant from seed directly into the earth. They quickly grow into large magical flowers that kids love to admire and enjoy.
Invite your children to help plant, grow and care for sunflowers for a fun outside activity this year. Sunflowers are easy for children to plant and they love to watch them grow!
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When do You Plant Sunflowers?
Sunflowers should be planted early in the spring so they have enough time to grow to full height during the summer. They grow best when you plant them directly into the ground after your last expected frost.
Where is the Best Place to Plant Sunflowers?
The best place to plant sunflowers is outside in FULL sun. Sunflowers love to grow in a sunny spot with lots of direct light!
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Sunflower Seed Varieties
There are many different varieties of sunflower to choose from. A few we like can be found below.
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How to Plant Sunflowers: Step by Step Tutorial
Growing sunflowers is an easy beginning gardening project for kids. There are many lessons to be learned in the garden.
Step 1 — Prepare to Plant Sunflowers
First, look for a sunny spot in your yard or garden. Sunflowers LOVE lots of direct sunlight.
Next, use a cultivator of some kind to prepare the soil for planting. There are many types to choose from. We cultivated a large section of our yard for the photo’s below with a wheel hoe.
If your soil has a lot of clay or sand in it. Your sunflowers will do a lot better if you mix in some organic compost or organic soil before planting. Sunflowers love nutrient-rich soil. Shovel it onto the earth and use a cultivator or garden rake to mix it in.
You also need to make sure that the ground is moist where you will be planting sunflowers. Water the area first.
Step 2 — Plant Sunflowers
Below is a photo collage of my mom showing exactly how to plant a sunflower seed directly into the ground with her experienced gardening hands.
How to Plant Sunflower Seeds:
- Place the sunflower seed in the ground.
- Gently push the sunflower seed into the soil.
- Cover the sunflower seed with dirt.
- Press down firmly.
- Give them plenty of room to grow.
- Water sunflower seeds.
For even more fun, plant your sunflowers in a circle to make a fort. Kids love to hide away in sunflower forts!
The sunflower fort in the photo below is HUGE! It’s about 20 feet in diameter. A sunflower fort that is 4 to 6 feet in diameter is a much better size for kids to play in.
When the circumference of the circle is a bit smaller the sunflower heads lean into the center to create a ceiling. Children love to lay inside the fort and stare up at the sunflower heads above.
Step 3 – Growing and Caring for Sunflowers
Sunflowers grow best when they are allowed to establish deep roots. Give them lots of water infrequently for best results.
If you are growing a tall variety you may need to stake them once they reach a certain height so they don’t fall down.
For more information about how to plant, grow, care for and harvest sunflowers check out THIS article from the Farmers Almanac.
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Growing Sunflowers with Kids
Growing sunflowers is a fun and easy gardening project to do with the kids. My mother, daughter, and I had a wonderful time getting outside together and planting sunflowers. We hope you do too!
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