Sowing Guide

How to Sow Vanilla Giant Sunflower Seeds

How to Sow Vanilla Giant Sunflower Seeds

Vanilla giant sunflower, is also known as vanilla ice sunflower and beach sunflower. Featuring creamy white petals, with a dark chocolate coloured centre. Vanilla sunflower will reach a final height of 5 to 6 feet tall. This prolific bloomer is easy to sow and grow at home, with children or even in schools. They will add a nice touch of colour at the back of borders, due to their great stems. A florists favourite, which is one of the most unique looking sunflowers available.

How to Sow and Grow Vanilla Giant Sunflower from Seed

  • Vanilla giant sunflowers can be sown and grown indoors, in an area which receives plenty of light. Place in an area warmth, like a windowsill or conservatory.
  • Sowing seeds directly outdoors, after the last frost has passed and the ground is workable. Make sure the ground is not frozen, or due to be frozen again. Protecting them from snails and slugs while they are young. Can be sown outdoors up to 100 days before the first frost.
  • The germination period takes between 14 to 21 days and will fully mature between 80 to 120 days. During the germination period keep the soil moist but well drained.
  • Once seedlings are big enough to handle they can be transplanted to their final location, that has full sun and partial shade.
  • May require help in the form of staking, especially in an area where there is little cover.
  • Once the vanilla sunflowers have bloomed, they can be harvested. The flower head and seeds are edible and can be used in cooking and baking.

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