Giant Sunflowers

gianteverything(1)January 21, 2008

hello everyone

I am new to this site and wanted to start a thread for giant sunflower photos. this is a few of mine. hope to meet some new sunflower growers

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crazyseeds.com

very nice...how tall and which variety of seed?

    Bookmark   January 21, 2008 at 4:58PM
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gianteverything(1)

Hi well three years ago(05) I grew a few botts in a patch of "A.G's",paul bunyan's and sunzilla. all single.
then in 06 I grew the tallest botts from 05 in a patch of Cravans and "tall Hopes". not knowing what was what at that point this year I grew from the three tallest of (06).but this year I grew a few ag's and Chinese tall singles to keep some sort of Hybrid going.
who knows what will happen next year.
I had a few big ones this year 17.2 ,17.5 and 17.8
I just want to hit 20'. This year I found like five new types to try out but I don't know if I should when I am limited with space.
I think this one (the house)is the 17.5
the plant was cut when this picture was taken. I have a few more photos..

    Bookmark   January 21, 2008 at 5:54PM
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gianteverything(1)

2005

2006 after a bad storm. The one droopy head sunflower missing petals was Huge..

    Bookmark   January 22, 2008 at 1:03AM
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glaswegian(5b, Ont)

Nice....do you have any spare giant seeds?

    Bookmark   February 11, 2008 at 11:00AM
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sasquash

Howdy ya'll here are some of mine.

Here is Me and some giant sunflowers.
[IMG]http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii300/Ajiamarillo1/scan0012.jpg[/IMG]

Here's my tallest at 12.8 feet.
[IMG]http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii300/Ajiamarillo1/scan0011.jpg[/IMG]

From left to right. Mammoth,Skyscraper and American Gian Hyb.
[IMG]http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii300/Ajiamarillo1/scan0015.jpg[/IMG]

    Bookmark   February 12, 2008 at 4:17AM
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sasquash

Dang..... I chose the wrong format. Sorry.

Here we go agian.

Here's Me and some giant sunflowers.

Here's my tallest at 12.8 feet. It's a Giant Greystripe.

From left to right. Mammoth, Skyscraper, American Gian Hyb.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2008 at 4:24AM
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gianteverything(1)

Nice!!!
I gotta send you a few seeds from the T-3'S.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2008 at 1:00PM
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trailerthrash(4)

What spacing is ideal for these giant sunflowers? I bought some seed to create a living wall between my backyard and the apartment building next door (it's a two-story building and the second floor balconies directly overlook our backyard). Also would they do better if i started them in peat pellets inside for a few weeks or should I just direct sow?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 4:19PM
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gianteverything(1)

I Direct sow for tall plants . For larger heads I start early in cells. Taller plants I plant about 1 foot apart . For larger heads I give more space.Besides manure I wait to feed them until they are at least Three feet

    Bookmark   April 3, 2008 at 6:48PM
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gardenman101(Z6 Spingfield, Ma)

Great pictures, I think that they have inspired me to grow some. Will have to see if I have seeds sold locally for them. Thanks for the pics.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 10:41PM
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flora_freak

Wow wicked pictures!
This is my first year with a yard and I'm sort of new at all this. I've got a few things growing and decided I'd like to try sunflowers along my fence to add some privacy. I planted giant grey stripe seeds in a tray and 18 out of 20 came up...and I suspect a squirrel or something has been munching them since : ( Anyway I'm hoping that the 2nd set of leaves will continue to grow and I will get a few nice sunflowers out of it. I was wondering though when I plant them in the ground can I line them along the fence or do they need to be planted in a group to keep them standing up right or can I tie them to the fence? Any tips or info would be appreciated.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2008 at 12:03PM
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tim45z10

I planted the edible seed sunflower. Do I continue to water them after the flowers have developed?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2008 at 2:15PM
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glaswegian(5b, Ont)

Brian in NJ.

Thanks for these seeds. As you can see in the pic below, the trellis against the wall is 8ft tall and the sunflower is already at around 6ft

    Bookmark   July 5, 2008 at 11:04AM
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mikebwdtx

I have admired your sunflowers and vegetables in the gallery. I have an 8foot lattice fence which separates the back yard from the road. The strip is maybe 3 feet in depth. How large do these plants get in width? I think sunflowers would be great in the spot, though it is hot and sunny. Have any thoughts?

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 10:51PM
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glaswegian(5b, Ont)

Update....my sunflowers are now over 6ft and still going

    Bookmark   July 12, 2008 at 7:52PM
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glaswegian(5b, Ont)

Update....Brian in NJ, thx again for the seeds. I am the guy in Canada that sent you the weird coin. LOL

    Bookmark   August 2, 2008 at 2:16PM
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redfig

Hi
I love the photos of all your giant sunflowers they are stunning.
It makes me really what to grow giant sunflowers next year on my allotment in the UK.
Please could you advice me the best place to buy the seed and any tips on getting the ground to sow then.
Thank you have a great week
redfig

    Bookmark   October 6, 2008 at 5:00AM
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janehad

Hi!
I loved these plant!

I want so much some seeds of *Giant Sunflowers*!
It's possible?

I have many others seeds to change!

Thanks
Bye

    Bookmark   October 28, 2008 at 6:15PM
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genoprizebull(6 Akron NY)

NICE I grew some Bott strain sunflower last year and put the head in my barn,mice loved it!Gonna have to grow more giant stuff.This year I only have elephant garlic
Gene

    Bookmark   November 29, 2008 at 10:11PM
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summeronmymind(7)

I'm a tropicalesque plant person - big, bodacious plants with showy flowers and foliage out of storybooks. That's how sunflowers have caught my eye. I realize they aren't tropical, but they're just so humongous!! So, I've just started some sunzillas and some Van Goghs in little peat seed-starter pots, and I'm all ready for the last frost. I'm going to put them behind some palms and elephant ears! Can any of y'all experienced growers tell me if Miracle Gro will do OK on these sunflowers when I get them in the ground? Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 8, 2009 at 7:10PM
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glaswegian(5b, Ont)

A word of advice though, sunflowers do not like to be transplanted. You can still direct sow early in spring and get giants

    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 4:02PM
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summeronmymind(7)

Thanks. I have some seedlings (sunzilla and van gogh) that I started in little plastic dessert cups. Just this weekend, one sunzilla came up and put a root through a drainage hole. I transplanted it to a small plastic pot, and I hope that doesn't upset it. Perhaps I need to get some more seeds for insurance, just in case my transplanting in a few weeks from now results in mass shock.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2009 at 3:54PM
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rj_hythloday(8A VA)

I transplanted some last year and the did ok, never got real big, but I'm direct sowing grey mammoth this year.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 10:39AM
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val_id(4)

Thanks to all. My Mammoth grey stripe has never made it to a towering height like the pictures but one did reach 12 feet.
Val

    Bookmark   May 24, 2009 at 12:04AM
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rj_hythloday(8A VA)

I planted Mammoth Grey, and Russian Mammoth this year. I'll be happy w/ 10' I'd be ecsatic for more.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 9:24AM
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ErinBeth

Wow!!! These are great pictures. I just started growing some Mammoth Sunflowers this spring. They're only a couple feet tall and still in pots (I live in an apartment). I don't know what I am gonna do with them once they get bigger!

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 2:09PM
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margaretmom(6)

Hi everyone...ErinBet, I started growing Mammoths also! They are hitting 6'-8', but I am having trouble with the only one that has gotten a flower. The darn thing is drooping no matter what I do. I keep giving it more water, but it seems to get worse. I've read that they need multiple lighter waterings over the day rather than the once a day soaking I give them. My sunflower looks so sad. Can anyone help? Oh, also, the packet said to plant them 8" apart which I did. I also just planted them directly into our soil on the front lawn...nothing special. I've heard of people using trenches and mounds, but I learned after I already planted. I can take a pic tonight. Thanks, Margaret

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 8:29AM
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pete092775

what does the root system on a sunflower look like is it a tap root or more fiberious on top of surface. im thinking about trying for some tall ones and am wondering how deep i need to work my soil. i want to grow some monsters.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2011 at 8:50AM
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dolzadell(7)

I want to grow sunflowers for seed for my bird feeders. The cost per pound in the stores are crazy high $$$$$
I have a couple of questions if anyone can help. I planted some seeds I got from lowe's. They said they produce good seeds for eating. I started them indoors, let them get about 5 inches and transplanted outside along a chain link fence at about 12" apart.

Questions: Do I need to stake them? What do I feed them? How to I harvest the seeds, do I dry the seeds? if so how?

I know this is a lot of questions but I am so excited about growing them!!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 4:44PM
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