Is it better to direct sow sunflowers?

Sunflowers have a long taproot, which is sensitive to transplanting, which is why direct sowing is our recommendation. However, sowing in 3″–4″ biodegradable paper pots that can be planted directly into the ground will minimize root disturbance.

Do sunflowers need direct or indirect sunlight?

Sunflowers need full sun, which means at least six hours of unfiltered sunlight every day. Sunflowers that get enough light produce abundant blooms that turn throughout the day so they are always facing the sun. Because they’re such sunseekers, it’s difficult to grow healthy sunflowers in a bright indoor location.

How do you sow sunflowers directly?

How to Plant Sunflower Seeds. Plant the seeds no more than an inch deep and about 6 inches apart. Thin the seedlings once they hit 6 inches tall, leaving the strongest plants about 12 inches apart. For continuous blooms, stagger your planting, sowing a new row of seeds every two to three weeks, beginning in the spring.

Can you direct sow sunflower seeds?

Sunflowers can be sown directly into the ground. Plant the seeds no more than 1 inch deep and 6 inches apart. You can sow multiple seeds in each spot to see which seed grows strongest and remove the others once they reach about 6 inches tall.

How many sunflower seeds do you plant in one hole?

Growing sunflower seeds requires space. To start sunflowers indoors, plant three seeds per each 3- to 4-inch peat pot. A soilless planting media will give you the best drainage. Indoor germination usually happens in 6 to 10 days.

Can I grow sunflowers in shade?

Sunflowers require a location with full sun and shelter from the wind. Although sunflowers will grow in partial shade, plants deprived of the sunlight and warmth tend to be tall, leggy, and produce small and fewer flowers.

Should I water sunflowers every day?

Watering daily is very important as pots tend to dry out quicker and need to be kept moist – but not sitting in a puddle, as the plant and roots will be unstable. Again good drainage is important. And some support as the plant grows bigger might be required. Refer to my complete guide to growing your sunflower.