How to grow sunflowers with Bex’s Sunflower Club!

When to grow sunflowers and what you need!

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Spring’s here which means it’s the perfect time to plant sunflowers!

Sunflowers are bright yellow and can grow super tall – some varieties reach well over 3 metres, which is about the same height as two grown-ups stood on top of each other!

Bex is getting ready to grow her own so she’s started Bex’s Sunflower Club! If you’re growing sunflowers too, you can upload a picture and tell Bex any tips at the bottom of this page.

Then, make sure you’re listening to Bex’s show weekdays from 4pm on Fun Kids as she could give you a mention!

How to grow sunflowers!

What to buy?

You’ll need to buy a packet of sunflower seeds. You can get these at garden centres and many supermarkets. Check the back of the packet to see how tall that variety grows and when the best time is to plant the seeds.

When to grow?

Sunflower seeds are usually sown from mid-April up until the end of May. They should flower in August.

Where to grow?

You can sow the seeds straight into the ground where they’ll flower – just make sure the soil’s not too wet and the space gets lots and lots of sun!

Instructions!

You’ll need…

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Gardening gloves
  • Rake and trowel
  • Cane/long stick and string

What to do…

  1. Firstly, make sure you’re wearing gardening gloves.
  2. Next, use a trowel to remove any weeds.
  3. Rake the soil so it’s a fine, crumbly texture.
  4. Poke a few holes in the soil with your finger (make sure there’s a 10cm space between each hole).
  5. Place a seed in each hole and cover with soil.
  6. Gently water the area where you’ve planted your seeds. You’ll need to do this regularly if the area doesn’t get much rain.
  7. As your sunflower starts to grow, you’ll need to support the stem so it doesn’t fall over. Place a cane or long stick in the ground and loosely tie the cane to the plant with some string.
  8. Your sunflower will continue to grow and grow and grow!

Top tip!

Slugs and snails love to eat the new sunflower shoots.  Don’t worry, you can protect them by cutting the top off a plastic bottle (get a grown-up to help you with this) and placing it over the little seedlings whilst they’re just getting started.

You can listen to The Club with Bex weekdays from 4pm on Fun Kids!

Send Bex a picture or message below and she could mention you on her show!

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