Sunflowers! What is the proper way to care for them?

The seeds are starting to pop up but is there something special I need to do? Thanks so much in advance!!
  3 answers
  • Chris Chris on Jun 11, 2017
    Sunflowers need next to no care! I had some pop up last year and they grew with no help from me.

  • Nicole Nicole on Jun 11, 2017
    I found the following in a famer's almanac:
    • While the plant is small, water around the root zone, about 3 to 4 in. from the plant. To protect the plant, it may help to put snail or slug bait around the stem.
    • Once the plant is established, water deeply though infrequently to encourage deep rooting. Unless the weather is exceptionally wet or dry, water once a week with several gallons of water.
    • Feed plants only sparingly; overfertilization can cause stems to break in the fall. You can add diluted fertilizer into the water, though avoid getting the fertilizer near the plant’s base; it may help to build a moat in a circle around the plant about 18 inches out.
    Tall species and cultivars require support. Bamboo stakes are a good choice for any plant that has a strong, single stem and needs support for a short period of time.
    Enjoy your flowers :-)

  • Wendy Cochran Wendy Cochran on Jun 11, 2017
    You maybe will have to stake them up if they are in the strong winds. I had to do that one year. I put a long stake in the ground and took strips of old material and tied it up. Normally like Chris said they need next to care.

    • Susie Susie on Jun 14, 2017
      They are close to the house but if they get to big I will stake them up!! Thanks so much!!