Six Easy Steps to Plant Sunflowers Seeds and Make them Grow Tall…

When I was a little girl one of my favourite times of the year was when I would plant my sunflower seeds. My nan would plant her’s at the same time and we would have a competition over who could grow the tallest one.

Back then we didn’t have mobile phones that you would take a quick photo and send it to them. So, I used to have to measure it will a tape measure! I used to love visiting my nan’s house to see how her sunflower was doing, whilst secretly hoping it wasn’t too tall!!

So, after Alice watched Topsy and Tim growing sunflowers in their garden, she asked me if we could do it too. Of course I said yes and we set off to the shops to buy everything we needed.

What you will need…

A medium size pot


Sunflowers seeds – I choose the Little Growers that says they grow to 2 metres high

Gardening tools

Watering can

Garden gloves

A stick


Alice was very excited to use her little gardening set she got for her birthday last year

Step One

If your pot has a hole in the bottom cover it over with some stones for the drainage of water, but to make sure the soil doesn’t escape.

Step Two

Fill your pot with compost until you have a one inch gap at the top. Break up any large pieces of compost as you go.


Step Three

With your stick make a hole in the compost at least six inches deep and wide enough to put two sunflower seeds in, about one inch apart.


Step Four

Drop two seeds into the hole and position them an inch apart.


Step Five

Cover over the seeds with the compost.


Step Six

Fill up your watering can with water and give it a good soak, but don’t over water it.


There you go sunflower seeds planted and with lots of love, care and maybe some water too, you will have lovely tall sunflowers in no time…

Final Shot

Do you like to grow flowers with your children? Why don’t you have a competition with someone too…


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  1. 23/06/2016 / 09:12

    Aww! How lovely!
    I love the little watering can and things. So cute!
    I think my girls and I will have to give sunflowers a try. We have never grown them before.
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  2. 23/06/2016 / 10:01

    What a fun and cute idea! I’m rubbish with plants and flowers but I’d love to do something like this with Erin when she’s older. Love the pink set too!!
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  3. 23/06/2016 / 10:18

    I do love sunflowers and also plan to plant them in our garden with T’s help too 😉 She loves watering the plants with me. x
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  4. 23/06/2016 / 11:37

    I have always wanted to grow sunflowers, I think it’s a great garden activity to do with little ones.

  5. 23/06/2016 / 12:17

    We planted sunflower seeds about 2 months ago and there is still only one little pathetic shoot haha! We got given a grow in a bag and they came up within days! Great to have the experience of growing all the same!
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  6. 23/06/2016 / 12:29

    Love gardening with the kids. They usually start helping and then get distracted by snails and creepy crawlies! What child doesn’t love digging and getting dirty without being told off!! xx
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  7. 23/06/2016 / 16:02

    My girls have planted theirs at nursery, they’re a couple of feet tall now and I need to put some canes in because they’re bending over a bit, really need to get on and buy some!
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  8. 23/06/2016 / 16:20

    i’ve never had much luck growing things in our garden. i think I miss the time that the plants need to be supported and then they just collapse 🙁 useful tips here 🙂
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  9. 24/06/2016 / 13:00

    We have planted sunflower seeds with our kids, the snails have eaten two, only two left #picknmix

  10. 24/06/2016 / 14:48

    Love your gardening supplies for the little ones. Good luck with the growing competition, looking forward to seeing the pictures of the towering sunflowers. X #PicknMix
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  11. 24/06/2016 / 19:40

    how frecking cute is that watering can.. when i was a preschool teacher i used to grow sunflowers with the class.. and they loved it
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  12. 24/06/2016 / 21:15

    Aw my siblings and I used to grow sunflowers when we were kids, they used to grow so high! But the gardening equipment is so much better these days, love all the pink! x
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  13. 24/06/2016 / 22:35

    My hubby and eldest daughter are currently growing sunflowers in the kitchen. I’d like to get her a gardening kit like this one. Where did you get it from? #TheList
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  14. 25/06/2016 / 12:18

    Fab ways to get them to learn avihr growth and having fun outdoors. We started off with sunflowers and now have a few green bits outside which my son loves to observe X #thelist

  15. 25/06/2016 / 16:53

    I love the gardening set. Some really fab steps here. I need to follow this. We planted sunflowers last year but they all got eaten by slugs which is such a shame. I really want to try again though. xx
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  16. 25/06/2016 / 20:58

    We planted ours a few weeks ago and they’re starting to grow – which is amazing as I am notorious for killing plants! Love your little pink gardening set, so cute! 🙂

  17. 03/07/2016 / 11:12

    This is so lovely! I don’t have green fingers so never think to do gardening with lamb, but he would love doing something like this so I think I’ll get him a little flower pot and some seeds xx

  18. 04/07/2016 / 01:29

    The kids love a bit of gardening and getting their hands mucky don’t they? Sun flowers got to be one of my favourites

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