Sun Flowers in a courtyard

GoofyYno(8)March 18, 2012

Hi,

I think sun flowers are easy to grow, and my wife LOVES them. I'd plant them in the back yard, but I don't think they stand a chance with the dogs. (I can fence off any more than I've done with my herb garden).

so I was thinking about planting some in our enclosed courtyard (about a 25x15 foot area)- in cement 30 gallon pots. it gets some midday sun.

would this work?

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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

Sunflowers grow really easily in the Phx area, if that's where you are.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 6:55PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

You know, it sounds like it's worth trying. They do like full or mostly full sun though, and a nice early start in warm winter/hot summer areas. If you've got half a day or more of sun, they're worth a shot. There are tons of great varieties out there, tall or short, single big heads or multiple smaller heads, so if you've got the sun, you should be good to go. Let us know what you do and how it works out!

Happy gardening!
Grant

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 4:19PM
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GoofyYno(8)

I thin I will try it. I may also put some in backyard where I want them. if they get big enough I may be able to put up some protection.
I was going to buy seeds, but I wonder if I can get them already growing so I can put in protection from the get go?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 11:21AM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

I would be surprised to see sunflowers already started - I never have, not that it can't happen, but it's possible that they don't transplant well.

On the bright side, they are *very* easy to start from seed and that way you get to pick which kind you prefer, too - there are a lot of really neat choices available. As long as you can remember to keep the soil moist until you see a sprout, you should get flowers pretty quickly. Thompson and Morgan have 3 full pages of them and list germination times of 7-21 days for most.

Here is a link that might be useful: T&M seeds

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 9:31PM
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GoofyYno(8)

Thanks,
I order a bunch of seeds. I think I'll brave the dogs and plant in the backyard.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 3:32PM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

Best of luck, enjoy! Would love to see some pics...

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 8:53PM
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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Neat, keep us posted and post pics if you can. They really are fun. Happy gardening!

Here is a link that might be useful: My March 2012 garden pics

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 11:12AM
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