At the height of Summer, gardeners usually harvest their bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. But, what if you still want to plant sunflowers? Can you do that in late summer and still get blooms?
Well, it turns out, with a little bit of work, you can have bright sunflowers flourishing in your garden well into Autumn! Read on for tips on how to make it happen.
Facts About Sunflowers
Did you know that sunflowers, Helianthus annuus, are a member of the daisy family? The name “helios” comes from the Greek word for sun, and “anthos” means flower. So basically, sunflower means “flower of the sun.” The name is perfect considering their beautiful yellow blooms.
They are typically annual plants that grow to be about two to six feet tall. Sunflowers are native to North America, and they were first cultivated by Native Americans. They were introduced to Europe in the 16th century and quickly became popular there as well. Their seeds were used as a food source, and the oil, much like today, was used for cooking; people also used the oil for medicinal purposes
Sunflowers are known for their large, bright flowers. The flowers can be yellow, orange, red, or brown and usually have a dark center. The petals of the flower are arranged in such a way that they always face the sun. This is why sunflowers are sometimes called “heliotropes.”
The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas, and it is also the national flower of Ukraine. They are grown all over the world for their seeds as their used to make sunflower oil, as well as birdseed and human consumption.
So, Can You Grow Sunflowers In The Late Summer?
The answer is yes! You can still grow sunflowers in late summer! Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Choose the right variety of sunflowers. Some species are better suited for late-season growth than others. Ask your local nursery or garden center for recommendations.
- Start with healthy plants. Sunflowers are relatively easy to grow from seed, so starting with healthy plants will give you the best chance of success.
- Plant in well-drained soil. Sunflowers require plenty of water, but they won’t do well if the soil is too wet. Make sure to plant them in an area that has good drainage.
- Fertilize regularly. Sunflowers are heavy feeders, so they’ll need regular fertilization to stay healthy and produce lots of flowers.
- Deadhead spent flowers. Deadheading sunflowers will encourage them to keep producing new blooms.
With a little care, you can enjoy beautiful sunflowers all the way into fall!
How To Care For Your Sunflowers
Sunflowers are easy to care for, and with a little TLC, they will bloom beautifully all Summer long!
When it comes to sunflower care, the most important thing is to make sure they get plenty of sunlight. Plant them in a spot that gets at least six hours of sun per day. If you live in a hot climate, you may need to provide some afternoon shade to prevent the flowers from getting too much sun.
Water your sunflowers deeply and regularly, especially during dry periods. The soil should be moist but not soggy. Allow the top few inches of soil to dry out between watering.
Fertilize your sunflowers every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer to promote healthy growth. You can also add some compost to the soil around your sunflowers to give them an extra boost.
Pests and diseases are not usually a problem for sunflowers, but keep an eye out for aphids, spider mites, and slugs. If you see any pests on your plants, remove them by hand or treat them with an insecticide approved for use on edible plants.
Once your sunflowers start blooming, enjoy their cheerful faces all summer long! Cut a few stems to bring indoors, or admire them in the garden. With a little love, your sunflowers will bring happiness all season long!
Now that you know how to care for sunflowers, why not plant a few in your garden today? They are sure to brighten up any space!
If you’re looking to add some Autumn flair to your garden, why not try planting sunflowers? It may seem like an odd choice for late summer, but with a little work, you can have these cheerful flowers blooming in no time.
Do you have any tips or tricks for successfully growing sunflowers in the fall? Let us know in the comments below!