You’ve done the hard part by sowing and growing beautiful sunflowers. But now it’s important to look after them, to keep them flourishing all summer. Here are five key tips to keep in mind when caring for sunflowers.
1) Support the sunflowers
Sunflowers are renowned for reaching incredible heights, but to help sunflowers grow it is important to support them.
Garden stakes can help to prop up tall sunflowers and stop them from leaning on one side.
Gardeners’ World explains: “Very tall varieties may need the support of a garden cane – especially when growing in an exposed position.”
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5) Feed the birds
When a sunflower has died, the sunflower head can be left intact and used to help feed the birds.
It’s a win-win, as hungry birds get some food, but it also brings birds to the garden.
After this, the entire dead sunflower plant can be composted.