If you are looking to buy Sunflower seeds, you are in luck. The 'Seeds of Eaden' seed shop now has Sunflower seeds in stock as part of its standard range. Just click on the links to be directed to the new and improved seed shop.

Sunflower seeds are best grown outdoors sown directly into a prepared seed bed, but to get the best out of them they will need to be planted into a nutrient rich soil, so add plenty of well-rotted farm manure  prior to sowing.Avoid planting into light sandy soils as they can be prone to blowing over in strong winds.

If you want to get a head start on the year then begin by planting your sunflowers indoors about 6 weeks before the end of late frosts is expected. Using 3 inch pots containing a good quality seed compost, plant two seeds per pot. Cover the seed with ½ an inch of compost and water so that the compost remains damp. After a week the seedlings can be thinned out to strongest specimen.

Sunflowers can tolerate a certain amount of shade such as an east facing border, however they will always perform at their best in full sun.

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