I’ll be growing sunflowers… was the first post I did this year and this is how they’ve fared so far.
Just one Mongolian Giant survived the slugs and weather, but at a rather paltry five feet with no sign of a flower bud yet has proved rather disappointing. I probably won’t be trying to grow any tall singles next year.
The Valentine ones haven’t fared much better with just a couple surviving and flowering. They should be around five feet high with five inch flowers but are just two feet with two inch flowers. I like the lemon- yellow colour with a contrasting dark centre.
I started ten dwarf Musicbox off at home of which nine germinated and were planted out in a group. I resorted to scattering organic slug pellets around these and despite some initial damage they all did well, and being just knee high they don’t have to be staked. I’ve been very impressed with the number of flower heads, some plants having into double figures. I’ll certainly be growing this variety again next year.
As I mentioned in that first post I’ve been posting pictures to The Big Sunflower Project‘s Facebook page and will continue to do so this year, and again next year.
Have a good week!