Planting Sunflower Seeds

Both 'Teddy Bear' and 'Big Smile' are dwarf sunflowers that will grow to be a maximum of 15 inches tall in containers.

To start your garden, follow these steps!

  1. Find (or make) a container about 4-6 inches across and fill it with potting soil. 

  2. Poke a hole in the soil up to your first knuckle (about 1-inch deep) and cover with remaining soil. Water the soil.

  3. Put on a sunny windowsill or outside in full sun. Keep watering the soil and you will see a seedling in about 7-10 days.

  4. Use slow-release fertilizer to help your plant grow strong, or use a liquid fertilizer when you water your new plants. 

  5. Don't know when you water? Poke the soil- if the top inch is dry go ahead and water. Wait if it is still wet.

  6. You should have blooms in 50-75 days! If you're in a region that receives frost, make sure to bring your flowers inside.

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