The Summer of Sunflowers is Back for 2022. The community growing project turned out so well last year, let's make it even better this year! The Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire will begin to give out sunflower seeds at the Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Home, Health & Garden Show on April 2nd. Stop by our table to pick up your.
You can begin to plant after the last frost, around May 1st. Plant three (3) at a time every few weeks. Here's the instructions:
Choose a spot that gets FULL SUN
Choose a spot that can be seen from the road/sidewalk.
Flower heads follow the sun, KEEP that in mind when you plant.
To sow seeds, water your soil, press seeds an inch (1 inch) deep about 6-8 in. apart.
Cover with netting to protect from birds. Water consistently for quick results.
Start three to five (3-5) seeds in May and 3-5 seeds in early June
Blooms can be expected in August
For best results: add organic fertilizer, potting soil, or compost to seedbed.
Designate a minimum 2’x 2’ area if possible
When starting seeds in the ground, a partially buried wire cage is recommended to protect seedlings from hungry critters.
You can also start seeds in a 5 gal bucket/pot with holes in the bottom for drainage.
Transplant when your sunflower is big enough.
Water your sunflowers once a week or when leaves start to wilt.
Stake the stalks as they grow to maintain the top-heavy flowers.