My daughter is getting married in October (live in Topeka, KS) and wants to have sunflowers for her flowers at the ceremony and reception. Varieties include: -Girasol -mixed colors and Evening Sun -Autumn Beauty -Evening Sun -Lemon Queen -Red Sun When should I plant them, in order to have them blooming for October? Should I stagger them, plant some and then plant some more later?
Sunflowers for a Wedding
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
It would be very hard to say exactly when to plant them in order to get them to bloom but it typically takes 50-90 days, which is a pretty wide range; but there are so many factors, from temps while growing to the variety that influence that. I would start planting in May or June and then do a new planting once a month for the next 2-3 months. That is really the only way you will be able to cover your bets, so to speak, and make sure you have sunflowers ready for the wedding.