How to Grow sunflowers
3 Easy Steps to Success!
Sunflowers are packed with nutrients – follow the instructions below or eat the entire seedling as a ‘microgreen’. Great to grow with children, they will brighten up any garden!
Choose a site or pot with moist but well-drained soil, in full sun.
Sow sunflower seeds from April to May, individually in 10cm pots of peat-free, multi-purpose compost. Plant out into the garden 45cm apart when all risk of frost has passed, from early June.
Or grow inside any time of year to seedling (microgreen) size in a sunny windowsill, chop and eat!
Mulch if possible to keep moist and weed free. Keep an eye out for pests, weeds & disease & use natural methods to treat or prevent.
Protect new seedlings from slugs and snails.
You may need to stake the plant as it grows, especially in windy areas!
The flower should appear in August. Harvest when you see the seeds fully developed within the flower head.
Wash microgreens before eating and store in fridge.
Seeds should be dried and then store in a cool dark place.
Crack the shell and eat raw or add to salads, stir-fries, breads and any dish you can think of!