Growing Sunflowers from Seedlings

Close up of 3 sunflowers in a field.
In many areas sunflower seeds can be sown directly in the garden in the spring To get a jump start gardeners often choose to start their flower seeds indoors and then transplant them outside. Make sure you have an area with good light when growing seedlings indoors. This is a page about growing sunflowers from seedlings.

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March 19, 2008

Sunflower Seedlings in cupsI'm trying to grow sunflower from seeds using cut plastic bottles and paper egg tray. These are the seedlings after 1 week. FYI, the seed package was written "Sunburst Mixed" and can grow as tall as 180 cm. Actually, I was looking for the kind that can grow about 3 feet height or less but couldn't find them. My questions are, why are they "bending" like that?

Is it normal? What can I do to make them straight? Although some of them grow straight and are not bending like that. Should I move them to pots? I can't plant them out yet because they are so tiny, weak and will be destroyed by rain or wind. Any tips will be appreciated. Thanks before.

Hardiness Zone: 11

Susan from Surabaya, Indonesia


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From looking at the picture I would say that they are reaching for the sun. Do you have them in direct sunlight? As their name indicates they love the sun. Any plant that is spindly like the sunflowers in your picture need direct sunlight.. You may want to start over because the thin stems will not hold up a healthy plant.

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April 1, 2010

Last week I submitted a photo about how I made my paper pots with the little fish container. I was also having a problem with the squirrels eating my sunflower seeds.


I bought new sunflower seeds and I made my paper pots. I put them under a grow light, just a small one in my kitchen. This is the result of three days growth. I planted them on the 4th day. Here they are in the pots on the third day. I have 55 now growing well and the squirrels don't want them anymore!

By Laura Lynn Jump from Ocala, FL

Editor's Note: Here is a link to Laura's Paper Pots post.

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