As a leading seed supplier, we have hundreds of flower seeds including sunflower seeds, producing these tall, summer flowers. Also known as Helianthus.
Growing sunflowers is very easy to do, which makes them an excellent choice for growing with children and introducing little ones into the gardening world. There are many different sun flower types including traditional yellow varieties, giant sunflowers such as Giant single, dwarf sunflowers, and more unusual types that produce red sunflowers or teddy bear sunflowers! We also have a couple of pollen free sunflowers, which are great if you're planning on using them as cut flowers for around the home. These varieties however won't be the best ones to choose if you want to attract pollenators to your garden.
Some of these varieties can grow up to 2 metres in height so they make a eye-catching displays when sown in borders, or grow dwarf sunflowers in pots for the patio. As well as being eye-catching, they are also great at attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies into the garden.
When to plant sunflower seeds? Sow from March to June for summer flowering between July to September. Germination of sunflower seedlings takes around 10 to 14 days if the soil temperatures are right. After the flowers have past their best, the seeds can be harvested and eaten. Sunflower seeds are edible - the black and whte striped shells are the best tasting - simply roast them for a healthy snack. There are many benefits of sunflower seeds as they have a high nutritional value, and are thought to reduce inflammation, support the immune system, improve the health of your heart as they are rich in 'healthy fats', and are a great source of Vitamin E, Iron, Copper, Zinc and Potassium. Birds also eat these.