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Sunflowers

A sunflower

A fully grown, flowering sunflower.

Although sunflowers are not strictly allotment plants, they can be nice to have planted around an allotment, and will help to attract a large range of creatures such as birds. This is good unless you have a cat or foxes around. There are many varieties of sunflowers, ranging from ones that look like giant marigolds to the normal, text book type. You can also get short sunflowers which are useful for raised beds and small pots.

Sunflowers should be planted outdoors in their flowering position from March to May. I have had success doing this, but it is possible to start plants indoors. This is harder, as they have a tendency to become spindly due to extra warmth. This year, I have planted them in February to experiment. I have started them in a heated propagator.

Make sure that, at all stages throughout their growth, they are protected from pests such as slugs. If they have aphids living on them, try to brush them off. Sunflowers will need support during their life as they grow extremely tall. They should be leant against a fence or tied to canes. They are liable to be damaged in windy weather, click here for an article on what to do if they are.

Sunflowers grow best in sunny positions where they are well watered.

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