Newbie Sunflower Question

MonkeyGirl(Near SF, CA z10)May 25, 2005

I am 39 years old and I am growing the first sunflowers of my life in my first veggie garden. A few that I started from seed are growing quite nicely. I have a pair that was started in the same 4" pot and I never had the heart to prune one out. Now they are about 2 feet high and I am wondering if I can let them keep growing right next to each other, stem to stem, or if I have to take the knife to one of them. I hate to kill my babies!

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painterbug(z8 Hell)

They will probably continue to grow but won't be as big as they would be if they had their own pot or more so if they were in the ground. It also depends on the type of sunflower you planted. Some want to grow very very tall so a 4 inch pot is just not enough room for those.

My best luck with sunflowers (any type) is to direct sow the seed where you want the flower to grow. Seems almost too simple but this has worked for me the best. My transplants always suffer and usually don't make it.

Good luck, Sunflowers are so beautiful.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2005 at 11:26PM
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MonkeyGirl(Near SF, CA z10)

I am sorry that I was not clear.

These sunflowers were started in 4" pots, then planted in the ground. They are growing tall, but stem to stem.

I have munchers, earwigs and probably others, despite diligent beer trapping. Sunflowers sown directly and those transplanted small were munched to death. Bigger transplants survive.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2005 at 2:03PM
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surf_grrl(coastal Van Isl)

I have no advice, but I am your gardening compatriot... 37 and planted my first sunflowers ever this spring. They just sprouted last weekend. Go sunflowers!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2005 at 1:42AM
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:) they'll be fine... mom raised me to plant them Russian style- three in a hole. so 'twins' should be downright roomy for them. depending on the species, they might lose a foot of height if the ground is really rotten-

but that just means the flowers will be closer to your face :)

    Bookmark   May 31, 2005 at 2:35PM
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