I love to grow sunflowers and they are an easy summer flower to grow. Sunflowers can be grown for the flowers and the seeds and because I followed my earlier planting schedule, I already have a garden full of the cheery sunflowers I love.
This large variety of sunflower is Mammoth. We took a picture of my hubby's mammoth head next to it for comparison.
As the seed head dries it will turn brown. In about 45 days when the back of the sunflower is dried and you see the brown seed heads, the sunflower is ready for harvesting. I am growing sunflowers for chicken feed. The protein in the sunflowers is great for the chickens come fall when they begin to molt (loose their feathers) and grow new ones as feather growth requires lots of protein.
If you like to pick sunflowers for bouquets, the best varieties are the multi-branched sunflowers. They will give you long straight stems perfect for cutting. One of my favorite red sunflowers for cutting is the Velvet Queen. I save sunflowers seeds from this variety to replant every year.
You can see how huge this sunflower grew and how many flowers were there for the picking.
Remember to water containers regularly as they dry out faster than the soil in the garden will.
Remember to check out my tips for making cut sunflower bouquets last longer.