Sow seeds March to May. Sow seeds thinly, 12mm (½in) deep in drills 45cm (18in) apart in well cultivated soil raked to a fine tilth or direct into small containers. Germination takes around 21 days. For earlier flowering: Sow indoors, individually in 7.5cm (3in) pots at 20-25C (68-77F). When well grown, gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions before planting out after all risk of frost has passed.
When large enough to handle, thin to 45cm (18in) apart.
It is wise to provide these tall stems with some added support as they grow.
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By Peter Humphrey 23-08-2012
Despite the awful weather this year all the seeds germinated but they are not as tall as last year only eight feet and the flower heads not as large.Even so they are imposing flowers and the bees love them!
Flowers not as large
By Peter Humphrey 22-08-2011
Full germination and plants were a variety of heights ,the shortest being 3 meters the tallest almost 6 meters I used a nearby conifer as a post to tie the stem to. A great source of interest to my neighbours young lad. I have already bought the seeds for next year. I will try for larger flowers next year .
Will not germinate!
By Timothy Peters 10-05-2011
I have had no success at all trying to grow these! Seed compost, mutli-purpose compost, garden soil, in a propagator, on the windowsill, outside - I've tried every combination but not a single seed has germinated. Also, as an experiment I planted some ordinary sunflower seeds from a packet of bird food and they started growing within a couple of weeks!
Very disappointing, to say the least.
Mongolian Giant - germination
By Simon Bartlett 22-10-2010
I grew these seeds this year and had no difficulty with germination.
By Rex Berry 23-09-2010
This variety proved very difficult to germinate and grow on in a greenhouse. When they did germinate they were often distorted seedlings. I bought three packets and hoped that, as a new variety, that, this year, you might give more detailed advice on germination and growing on. I'm afraid that Unwins "seeds for kids" Sunflowers did very much better! I'll give "Mongolian" one more try!
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