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Old April 13, 2019   #1
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First year growing these. I'm trying the dwarf ones in 2 pots and I was able to sow some of the tall ones in a reclaimed yard waste/compost area. I have absolutely no more room for later sowings right now. I can use a tomato plant area when tomato season is finished for me in late June at the latest. I'm wondering if that's too late to start sunflowers?

The tall ones have catchy names like Apricot Twist, Lemon Sorbet, Moonshadow, Peach Passion, Starburst Lemon Aura, Stella Gold, and Starburst Lemon Eclair.

Wish me luck.
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I live in Southern California,so I think the Weather is about the same. I started some in August,and some in November. No problem with either one. If you want to save for seeds or for eating you need to keep a Eye out for the Birds. Mike
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I don’t think June or even July’s too late. You’ll have 4 months of growing weather at the least.
Makes me think I should start some too!
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What have I got to lose except for a few seeds? It will be a learning experience. The only downside is I'll be doing a lot of watering to keep the seedlings alive and the sun will be brutal.
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Pickles is in charge of the sunflowers. They're easy to do, grow quickly and are just plain fun to have around.

This year we're playing with something someone here (I think) mentioned and that's planting some at the end of each bed to provide a little shade during the heart of southern summers. So she'll plant maybe four across the southern end of each 4' wide bed. Always have to have something to play with!
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Go for it Spooky, the ones I just cut went in the ground around Christmas so if you have four months you should be right.
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The dwarf sunflower seeds I potted into plants are sprouting already. This will be fun!
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