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Planting and growing sunflowers

How to Plant and Grow Sunflowers

Sunflower Seeds to Sunflower Plants

Planting and growing sunflowers is easy.  These durable plants can be grown in most area summer months, and can bring great beauty to any landscape or garden.  Below are the steps to grow sunflowers from seed:
  1. So, the first step is to find quality sunflower seed.  Many of the top online seed stores sell sunflower seeds, and quality will insure a higher germination rate for your baby sunflower plants.  You can also harvest your own, and that is detailed here: Collecting and Harvesting Sunflower Seeds
  2. Planting the Sunflowers.  Sunflowers require some degree of warmth to germinate, and the soil should be between 55 and 60 degrees.  The warmer the better, and here in Sacramento, our sunflowers grow like weeds in the high heat of the summer.   Plant the sunflower seeds in groups of 3 an inch deep in your soil, and about 6 inches apart.
  3. Thinning your sunflowers.  After a few weeks, when you have decent size baby sunflowers, go ahead and thin the herd out to a single plant in each of your groups.
  4. Caring for sunflowers.  Sunflowers are pretty hardy plants and don’t need much care.  Insure proper water during early growth, and you can add a small amount of fertilizer if you choose to do so.
That’s it!  If you want more information on Sunflowers, you can see our other pages below: All about Sunflowers
Planting and Growing Sunflowers in the Garden
Growing sunflowers

Harvesting Sunflower Seeds

How to Harvest and Collect Seeds from Sunflower Plants

We are getting near the end of our summer growing season here at Celtic Farm, and have started to harvest seeds from spent sunflower plants.  We left quite a few to harvest their seeds, and wanted to share how to gather.  Below is a guide to gather the seeds.
Sunflower seeds ready to harvest

Drying Sunflower Head

When to Harvest Sunflower Seeds

How to Keep Deer & Rabbits Out of Your Garden

Deer Repellent, Rabbit Repellent and Other Tricks

deer and rabbit repellent

Deer Can Devastate a Garden

With the start of our flower farm, we were hit pretty hard by a variety of pests right out of the gate (See my first post: How to get rid of grasshoppers).  Living in a rural area at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, there are several families of deer that roam the area, and rabbits that run wild.  Over the years, they have eaten our vegetables, chomped on our roses and nested in one of our lower fields.  So as we planted out our flowers, I wanted to start early with preventative measures.   So here is a list of methods and techniques that will hopefully help you:
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