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My Sunflower Deck

Updated on June 4, 2014

Sunflower Heaven

Sunflowers are such a nice summer time flower. They are bright, yellow and cheery. They remind me of being out in the country; wild and free. They are one of my favorite flowers. If you can't grow them in the ground you can certainly grow them in a big pot. That's what I did since I lived in an apartment with a deck. They are tough flowers and need lots sunshine but don't over water log the pot either. Just keep moist and you'll be set to go; even if you don't water for a little while as well they'll be fine. They do grow in dry areas quite well.

I bought a nice big green pot. Planted some seeds and watched it grow. I took several pictures as it sprouted up. I had to take some string and tie it up around the deck pole so it wouldn't fall over. It was absolutely beautiful. I remember once I planted some along a driveway by another apartment we lived in. They grew up like 9 foot or more high. One day when my son was outside playing when he was little; he decided it was time to cut them down. I come around the corner and almost had cried. My beloved sunflowers were laying in the driveway. Needless to say I didn't have sunflowers anymore and my little boy went to bed early that night.

In this lens I'll share how to plant sunflowers and tips from Yolana Vanveen video. I've included some fun facts about sunflowers. I'm excited to share my photo's of my sunflowers I took that I grew on my deck.

All photo's taken by CherylFay - That's ME!

Waves Hello! - Opening Sunflower

Supplies Needed - Sunflower Planting

What's really nice is that you don't need too many supplies to plant sunflowers; just a few.

Here's what you need:

  1. Sunflower Seeds
  2. Large Pot
  3. Stakes

    *For when they get larger

  4. String

    *For when they get larger

  5. Flower Water Jug

Instructions

How To Grow Sunflowers

First fill your pot with rich soil; either a big pot or several small peat pots.

When your growing sunflowers in a big pot; use one that is about 15 inches so the roots can sprawl out. Then make a hole about a inch deep and drop a seed maybe two in it. That way if one don't germinate and the other does you'll still be able to grow a sunflower. It will take about one-two weeks for a sprout to shoot up. Keep soil moist but don't over water. Sunflowers are best started in the Spring after the first frost.

You can also start sunflower seedlings in small peat pots. It depends on how many you want to plant. Drop a 1-2 seeds in one inch hole. When the sprouts spring up then replant into a larger pot or in the ground. Either way is works out great. I've done both and had much success.

As the sunflower grows and gets taller use a stake and string to stabilize the sunflower so it doesn't tip over.

Growing Sunflowers - By Yolanda Vanveen

Yolanda gives easy tips for growing sunflowers. They are fun and easy to plant!

Sunflower Seeds - Annual Flowers

Here are few different kinds of sunflowers you can plant for you pleasure!

Ferry-Morse 1501 Sunflower Annual Flower Seeds, Evening Sun (1.5 Gram Packet)
Ferry-Morse 1501 Sunflower Annual Flower Seeds, Evening Sun (1.5 Gram Packet)

These sunflowers will grow about 6 foot all. The colors of these are red and mahogany shades with yellow tips. Such a pretty sunflower!

 
Seeds of Change S10846 Certified Organic Russian Mammoth Sunflower
Seeds of Change S10846 Certified Organic Russian Mammoth Sunflower

This is your classic original sunflower. They are organic. They grow 9-12 foot tall. The are a very pretty yellow with brownish seeds in the middle.

 

Good Morning Sunflower!

Fun Sunflower Facts - Did You Know....

  • Birds are attracted to Sunflowers.
  • The tallest sunflower was 25 feet 5 1/2 inch tall. It was grown in the Netherlands by M. Heijmf in 1986
  • A single sunflower can have up to 2,000 seeds. That's amazing!
  • Helianthus-Helia and Anthus is the scientic name for sunflowers. Helia means sun and Anthus means flower.
  • There are 1,000 to 2,000 individual ray flowers in the outer edge of a sunflower head and joined by one base.
  • Farmers who growing other crops consider a Sunflower to be a weed.
  • Tournesol is what the French call their sunflowers. It means 'turn with the sun
  • The state flower for Kansas is a Sunflower
  • Black and stripe are the two kinds of sunflowers seeds. Kinda reminds me Zebra colors.
  • Heliotropism is the name for the movement of a how a sunflower's head track's the movement of the sun. When at sunrise it faces towards the east. Then later in the day it move from east to west. At night it will return to an eastward way. The reason this happens is that motor cells in a sunflower is flexible just below the bud. When the bud stage ends the stem will stiffen and then the blooming stage is reached. Rather neat how the Sunflower works!

Foggy Sunflower Morning
Foggy Sunflower Morning

Garden Pots

However you plant; both of these types are nice. Starter peat pots are very handy getting your plants going. Planting a bigger pot is very and roomy for what you plant it in. It will look nice on your deck.

Sunny Day Sunflower
Sunny Day Sunflower

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Dianeyp LM: I've never had trouble with squirrels in my sunflowers only in my bird feeders.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @julieannbrady: Thank You! I love growing sunflowers. There my fav flowers! I planted the other ones like your pictures this year. I can't wait to see those.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      You have some lovely sunflowers -- I don't think I've ever met a sunflower I didn't love! I'm thinking they are my favorite flower ... and they come in so many colors. I can't believe when I was younger that I only thought of sunflowers as yellow. I must have been leading a sheltered life or something.

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      Dianeyp LM 4 years ago

      I love them too, but my squirrels eat the heads off before the seeds fully develop!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @hmommers: Fields of sunflowers are most awesome!

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      They're great, I totally agree with you :)

      I love it when I see a whole field of them in France or Spain!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @choosehappy: Smiles! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Corrinna-Johnson: That's very sweet; treasured photo's are the best!

      Thanks! :)

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      Corrinna Johnson 4 years ago from BC, Canada

      I love sunflowers! I did a series of photos of my daughter when she was a toddler helping me water our big patch of sunflowers and they are still my all-time favorite photographs I have ever taken. You have some beautiful photos and congrats on the purple star.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      One of my favorite flowers ever for many reasons ;)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Elyn MacInnis: What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing that.

      Farmers are farmers when it come to what is a weed. :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @gottaloveit2: That's a awesome idea!

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I can't imagine anyone considering sunflowers a weed. They are very special, and give such an optimistic glow to the day. I have a bracelet I made from sunflower petals, cooked, and turned into beads, and I treasure it. Thanks for all the fun information.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @jlshernandez: Yes they do. Thanks!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @lesliesinclair: Look above. I have a statement that says ALL photos are taken by ME!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Love you focus on sunflowers, and the foggy morning poster is grand. Would love to see credits on the photos because it's a challenge to read big blocks of text so I'm not sure if the sources are explained there. They are really ideal for their contributions to our sunny summer life.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Sunflowers stand out in a crowd. I love them and do the birds.

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I planted sunflowers one year and saved the seeds for the birds that winter. Loved my sunflowers.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @SusanDeppner: I bet that rain will do wonders. Good luck with your sunflowers. I hope the birds enjoy them as well you too. Watch their faces open up. That's my favorite part as the come to life.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I planted my sunflowers late, but they're in the ground and coming along. It's raining today, so it wouldn't surprise me if they double in size in a day or two. I planted them for the birds to enjoy, but I can't wait to see their sunny faces!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @noner: That's too bad. Try again next year. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 4 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I'd love to be able to grow these, but where I have sun, I have gophers who like to eat them, and It's just too expensive to buy gopher cages for each few seeds. My soil isn't very rich, either, where I have space and can water easily. The one year I did get a few to grow they only grew about a yard high. When I grew them in a row in the garden, the gophers got them, one a day. Maybe I could try a pot and just grow one. You've certainly showed me why I never got very far with mine. This is a beautiful lens.

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      noner 4 years ago

      Lovely. I tried some sunflowers this year, but they died right after the sprouted. Was never quite sure why. The (dead) seeds looked mildewed but I didn't water them THAT much.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @SheGetsCreative: Awesome! Thanks!

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I love sunflowers too :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Ruthi: I'm not how the Florida planting goes. I'm moving as well and haven't done a lot planting this summer yet myself plus our weather here in Wisconsin seems to have prolonged it as well.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      My favorite, the Sunflower! I usually grow sunflowers but recently moved. I wonder if it's too late to plant them here in north Florida...