If you love sunflowers, but don't have the space to devote to growing these brightly colored giants, I have some great news for you! Sunflower hybrids can give you the beautiful sunflowers that you want, and only grow about 2 or 3 feet tall!
They are also really easy to grow, either from seeds or from transplants, and come in a big variety of colors, if you aren't crazy about the original yellow. Here's how!
How to Grow Dwarf Sunflowers from Seeds
Both seeds and transplants should not be planted outside in the ground unless it is well past the last freeze and the ground temperature is at least 50 degrees.
Big Smile - traditional yellow petals with large brown centers
Pacino - longer yellow petals with smaller centers that are brown and yellow
Teddy Bear - fun fuzzy flowers
I found the most beautiful colored sunflowers! When I saw them I just knew I wanted to include them in this post. I love purple! Check out these beauties:
In choosing a container to plant in, read the label and make sure your pot is large enough to support the number of sunflowers that you plan to plant. The closer together you plant sunflowers, the smaller the flowers will be. Place the pot in full sun and make sure to water whenever the soil is dry. Generally potted plants need to be watered more often than flowers planted in the ground.
If you want blooming sunflowers all summer and fall, then plant new seeds every two or threes weeks and you will have beautiful, colorful sunflowers all season.
Have a great week!