How to Plant Your Seeds Outside

How are your sunflowers doing? Are they at least 10 centimetres tall? Is there no more risk of frost? If the answer is yes to all of these questions, let’s get them planted into the garden or outside in a large pot!. 

Before you start, you will need:

  • To decide on the location where you are going to grow your sunflower. Ideally, this needs to be a sunny, sheltered spot and where your sunflowers will be seen by people passing by. Remember that your sunflowers could get pretty tall! 
  • A trowel or spade to dig a hole 
  • A stake
  • A watering device
1Find a sunny, sheltered spot with good soil.
2Dig a hole at least twice the size of the pot that currently contains your sunflowers.
3If you made a newspaper pot, gently remove the newspaper from around the soil. You don’t need to remove all of it because the paper will decompose in the soil. Place the soil and sunflower seedling in the hole and then backfill the hole with lots of soil and compost if you have any.
4Place a stake 10 centimetres away from your sunflower seedling. Tap the stake into the ground until it is nice and secure. As your sunflower seedling grows, use garden twine or string to gently tie your sunflower to the stake to give it lots of support as it grows.
5Keep an eye on your sunflower as it grows.  It will need to be watered regularly if the weather it is dry.
6Take lots of pictures of your growing sunflowers as they grow and send them to Sustainable Living in the Heatons.
We will announce the competition prize-winners in September’s Heatons Post! You will need to send us pictures of your sunflowers to be in with a chance of winning.
7As your sunflowers grow, watch to see how many insects come to enjoy them. Bees love the pollen but you might also get to see ladybirds, caterpillars and butterflies enjoying the sunflowers  too. If you get a chance to take a picture, please send them to our Facebook or Twitter sites.