How to Grow a Sunflower


Sunflower ‘Taiyo’ or ‘Pacino’

Please note: The seeds included with the            book are courtesy of

McKenzie Seeds of Brandon, Manitoba

Your book will come with one or the other of these two varieties.

The ‘Pacinos’ are a dwarf, branched sunflower bearing bright yellow blooms. These can be sown either in pots, or directly in the garden as early as three weeks before the last frost. Choose a sunny location. Sow about 12 mm (1/2″) deep and 8 cm (3″) apart. Thin or transplant to 40 cm (16″) apart after germination. Water often. They will bloom from July to August.

The ‘Taiyos’ have large 25-30 cm (10-12″) diameter yellow flower heads with black centers. They can be planted directly in the garden in spring after the last frost. Choose a site with well-draining soil. A slow-release fertilizer worked into the soil about 20 cm (8″) deep will help the plants grow very tall. Sow about 12 mm (1/2″) deep and 8 cm (3″) apart. Thin or transplant to 25-30cm (10-12″) apart after germination.  They will bloom from August to September. Excellent for cutting.

Note: These instructions come partly from the seed packets and partly from Internet research. Feel free to search for others tips to ensure success with your seeds.


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