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The benefits of the sunflower


by Pippa Greenwood

Sunflowers are often described as a great starter seed, perfect for kids - quick, reliable and HUGE results.


SunflowerSunflowers are often described as a great starter seed, perfect for kids - quick, reliable and HUGE results. Maybe that proves I've never really become a fully fledged grown up. I adore them, and despite the fact both my kids love gardening, it is often me who insists on including sunflowers on our seed list.

This year, once again I chose Russian Giant. I'd recommend them to anyone, for all those reasons that they are promoted as being kid-friendly, plus just look at the superb free gift they produce. You get huge height, fabulous, huge flowers and then a mathematically desirable fibbonacci series display of sunflower seeds that will now be enjoyed by wild birds for weeks to come. Many of the seeds have already been eaten by my daughter, and no doubt the mouse that plagued my greenhouse this year will also have a feast, but at that height the birds should be the main winners!



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Gardeners' World Web User 04/11/2007 at 11:15

When is the best time to winter my dahlias and geraniums as they still in full bloom?

Gardeners' World Web User 13/09/2008 at 21:02

I have grown Sunflowers for the Gardeners World seed trial, some of mine have gone mouldy too I think it must be to do with the awful wet weather we have had this year, I have had to cut the flower heads off and put them in the greenhouse until the weather gets drier then I shall put them out for the birds.

Gardeners' World Web User 10/10/2008 at 19:52

When's the best time to cut the heads of the sun flowers to dry them for the birds the leaves on mine are still green or should I just leave them on the plants, anyone any suggs?

Gardeners' World Web User 25/08/2009 at 23:51

HI CAN ANYONE ADVICE, I HAVE A SUNFLOWER WITH AROUND 20 FLOWERS ON IT. IS THIS A REGULAR THING. DOES ANYONE NO WOT THE RECORD IS FOR THE MOST SUNFLOWERS ON 1 STALK

Gardeners' World Web User 14/09/2010 at 09:27

hi all, im astonished and somewhat confused. I decided this year to have some fun in my garden and took a handful of sunflower seeds from my parrots food and scattered them randomly in the garden, mainly for my grandchildren to watch grow. well we had a stunning array of flowers and still do have some coming up, but, and i say but, we have one in the corner of the garden, it has at least 15 stems and this morning i have counted 50+ closed buds + 1 open flower which is the colour of an evening sun going down, im astonished, is this normal and if so will the seeds from this one plant raise others. i have never seen anything like it!!!!! please help

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