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    My sunflower plan is now about 1.5' tall but the stems are really thin.....is it going to have a flower on it soon does anyone know?

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    Mine are about 1.5" tall - a way to go methinks! Should I tie them to a stake? Mine are in the greenhouse at the moment - is this the best place to get them to grow and should I then harden them off? Bernie
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    Yes, you should give them a cane for support DDL and start hardening them off.

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    Thanks Alice. I must check out the ones I got my niece for her birthday - reckon she must be doing much better than me! Bernie
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    oh I suppose I should tie mine to a cane then? I have a load of other sunflowers in different pots but they are kind of bending over and fall out the sides of the pots whereas my ''best'' one is quite straight, I'll put a cane in and make sure it stays that way lol.
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    I grew some giant sunflowers last year just to see what they would do. They germinated quickly in small pots but stayed very small (six inches at the most). I started leaving them outside during the day. This was about mid June. They still did nothing, no more than 8" high and very weak and leggy. In the end I thought I may as well plant them in the ground. That's what they were waiting for, as soon as they had their feet in the ground, the stems started to thicken up and we could almost see them growing. I planted them alongside the runner beans and they made fantastic bean poles.

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    ooo, cool! haven't really got a sheltered place to plant them here, they would probably get snapped in half by the wind! would a large pot fool them? lol.

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    hello
    last year I had 2 really nice sunflowers going –I used canes for support. They were both around six feet (one was more chunky) and started to bloom when we had a windy night. Stupidly I hadn't re-tied the larger plant and my string had actually cut into the stem. This created a weak spot and the wind snapped it off cleanly at that point, which was a shame. Keep an eye on the binding!

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