Complete Guide to Plant, Grow, and Care for Sunflowers

A favorite of kids! Home flower gardeners are growing sunflowers from seed for their rich colors, large blooms and dazzling golden heads. Easy to start indoors, they are available in sizes ranging from miniatures.

Sunflower Plant Care

Sunflowers are heat-tolerant, pest-resistant, and enticing to pollinators and birds, with summer-long blooms of breathtaking yellow.


Plant your sunflowers in full sun, or at least six hours of direct sunlight per day, for the best flowering and the most robust stems.


Sunflowers can grow in nearly all soil types, including dry, poor soils. However, they thrive in soil that is well-drained and rich in organic matter. They prefer soil that is slightly acidic to slightly alkaline.


Sunflowers can tolerate dry conditions, but regular watering encourages blooming because flowering frequently declines during dry spells.

Temperature and Humidity

Sunflowers do best at temperatures between 70 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. However, t hey can withstand high temperatures as long as their needs for moisture are met.

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