Common Name: Sunflower
Botanical Name: Helianthus annuus
When to Sow: Spring to early Summer, all year round in sub-tropical areas
Planting Position: Well-drained soil and plenty of sun.
Days to Germinate: 10-14 days
Flowers in: 8-12 weeks
Lifespan: Annual - Lasts one year
Fertilise: Feed seedlings fortnightly with a soluble liquid fertiliser
Did you know?
"Helianthus" is the Latin name of Sunflower, Helia for Sun and Anthus meaning Flower.
Sunflower symbolises significance, faith, longevity and loyalty. Sunflowers are also known for being "happy" flowers, making them the perfect gift to bring joy to someone's day.
Sunflowers follow the movement of the sun across the sky from east to west, and this process is called heliotropism.
Sunflower petals can be eaten, and the bud can be steamed like an artichoke
About Sunflowers: Sunflowers can tower up to 2M and can benefit by staking to support the large plant and massive blooms.
Tips for growing: Sunflowers are not particularly fond of being transplanted, but if started indoors, sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. In this way, once seedlings are about 5cm high you can plant pot, seedling and all!
Bee & Butterfly Friendly - sunflowers attract: bees, butterflies and insects to the garden with their golden petals directing pollinators to the central spirals of the sunflower.
Each flower is formed by hundreds of small tubular flowers, packed with nectar and pollen, truly a pollinator's mecca.