Sunflower

Sunflower


Planting & Growing

Full sun, loves warm air temperatures and does not tolerate cold or frost, prefers sandy or loamy soils, turn soil with mulch to depth of 60 cm before planting seeds because plants have long taproots that need space to move, protect from strong gusts of wind with buffer area plants fences or trellices, use fine netting if birds and other animals are seeking to eat sunflower seeds while growing, stake plants early and give cotinued support to grow upright.

  • Row Spacing:  30cm
  • Plant Spacing:  30cm
  • Depth:  0.6cm
  • Maturity:  80-100 days

growing months & season - per region

REGION

Growing Months
Season/s

ARID

AUG, SEPT, OCT, NOV, DEC, JAN

TROPICAL

APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG

SUBTROPICAL

AUG, SEPT, OCT, NOV, DEC, JAN, FEB, MAR, APR

MILD

ALL YEAR

COOL

OCT, NOV, DEC,

Garden Benefits

Attract predators which kill off destructive insects, attracts aphid-herding ants and keeps aphids from affecting other crops, provides habitat for birds which eat destructive insects, shade and buffer zone edges of garden.

Health Benefits

Can eat greens and seeds; seeds have magnesium, copper, vitamin E and antioxidants and selenium; sunflower greens contain complete plant protein, enzymes for assimilating vitamins, folic acid, B-complex,vitamins A, D and E, and Zinc.

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