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Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Gorgeous Sunflowers

Annual Sunflowers, Perennial Sunflowers


Cherished for their beauty, Sunflowers (Helianthus) are striking ornamental annuals or perennial plants grown for their colorful summer and fall blooms. Fast-growing, they can reward you with glamorous blooms between 55 and 100 days after planting, depending on the variety grown. They are exceptionally care-free plants if they are given a well-chosen site. Here are some basic rules that need to be followed to enjoy their splendid flowers.

1. Select The Right Site

  • Sunflowers prefer full sun - at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
  • Sunflowers enjoy average, moist, well-drained soils. They are not fussy about soil conditions as long as they are not waterlogged.
  • Sunflowers are heavy feeders so the soil needs to be fairly rich with lots of organic matter or composted manure.
  • A sheltered location is preferred, as the wind may catch their heavy heads.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 10
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Helianthus - Sunflowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 10
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Helianthus - Sunflowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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