The 2016 Gardening Forums Sunflower Growing Competition!


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It's competition time here on Gardening Forums! :D

That's right folks, we have decided to have a competition to see who can grow the TALLEST SUNFLOWER

Rules:

  • Members with more than 10 posts can enter.
  • The choice of seed variety is up to you.
  • Feel free to plant more than one if you like!
  • You can plant your sunflower(s) in the ground or in a pot.
  • You have until Friday 9th September to submit a photo of your sunflower, together with the measurement. When taking a photo of your sunflower you must make sure to write your Gardening Forums username on a piece of paper and feature it in the photo.
  • Tallest sunflower wins!
The winner will receive an Amazon Gift Voucher for £20 GBP (or the equivalent amount in your local currency - currently it works out at roughly $29 USD).

If you need any growing tips, check out these guides:

Almanac
Gardeners World
Royal Horticultural Society

Be sure to post in this topic to let us know if you are entering, and keep us updated with your progress! We'd all love to see photos as they grow :)

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I will not be entering but I am certainly hoping many do, should be fun to see who has the tallest sunflower!
 

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I've planted half a dozen Russian Dwarf Red Giant seed :)

Hope they're fertile, been on the car dashboard all year :rolleyes:
 
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We have a native sunflower, the Maxmillian sunflower, that is considered a weed in corn fields. I won't be entering the contest since I'll be ripping up sunflowers in the asparagus bed and herb gardens.
It does get very tall, but then, this is Texas . . . .
 
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You're very welcome to join @LA in Idaho :) You just need to get your post count up to 10 first, so check out the recent activity in the forum.
 
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I will definitely take up the challenge. It is quite a refreshing activity for the gardening community. I have this nagging concern whether a sunflower can nature by the month of September. It will be tricky looking for the tallest variety and the means of environmental optimization for maximum height.
 
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I will definitely take up the challenge. It is quite a refreshing activity for the gardening community. I have this nagging concern whether a sunflower can nature by the month of September. It will be tricky looking for the tallest variety and the means of environmental optimization for maximum height.

It may not reach the peak for everyone by that point, but it's a good to have a deadline that is the same for everyone. If we get unseasonal weather this year and members want to extend the deadline, then we will do (y)
 
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I actually tried growing a sunflower last year, just for fun - I'd seen them doing really well in other places nearby, so I figured what was the harm of trying.

I failed miserably. I'm tempted to give it a try again to see if I can win...but my black thumb attempt from last year was really a knock to my confidence!
 
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@zigs wow that sunflower is beautiful! Looks like it was very fiddly, but you've done a great job with it (y)

We planted our sunflower seeds last week, so fingers crossed for germination :)
 
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@zigs wow that sunflower is beautiful! Looks like it was very fiddly, but you've done a great job with it (y)

We planted our sunflower seeds last week, so fingers crossed for germination :)

Fiddly bit comes next :eek: Got to cut the glass to surround the petals :confused:

Got 2 sunflowers germinated now :)
 

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just to keep the thread going while the sunflowers grow, progress report on the window, only got the odd few hours between jobs to get on with it

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We re-potted our sunflowers yesterday, I'll try and get some photos up later :)
 
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I think I'll be joining the challenge, it shouldn't be too hard to have 10 posts by September :D

I have already sown Skyscraper and Earthwalker seeds I've collected from last years sunflowers.
Skyscraper is doing ok and growing slowly, but I'll have to sow Earthwalker again. :unsure:
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Been feeding mine, they survived the frost that nipped at the tomatoes a bit a few days ago :)

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Lovely to see some progress photos @Darknessfairy and @zigs :) I must take some photos of mine! They've come through a tough week - we've had a mix of sun, snow, hail and thunderstorms!
 
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We've had the same mix, now we know what a Pyrex dish feels like (other heat resistant cookware is available)
 

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