When to plant sunflowers – key date for the best blooms

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Plant directly into the ground

The RHS suggests that most sunflower varieties can in fact be planted directly into the soil if the weather is mild.

Choose a bright sunny spot with well-drained soil to bury your seeds, and be sure to weed the area thoroughly beforehand.

Rake the soil to a fine crumbly texture and make some holes around 12mm deep, with a 10cm gap between seeds.
Next, place the seeds into the drill holes and cover them with soil after a gentle watering.

Use a plastic bottle to act as an anti-slug and snail covering while the young seedlings grow.

As your sunflower begins to grow taller, it is crucial to use a cane and string to tie the stem loosely for a little extra support.

Watch your sunflowers grow and grow and grow until August when they will flower.



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