· Each sunflower is actually thousands of teeny flowers.
· Each sunflower can contain as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds.
· Sunflowers are native to North America.
· There are about 70 varieties of sunflowers.
· The tallest sunflower on record was over 30 feet
· Sunflowers have traveled to space- some were planted at the International Space Station
· Sunflowers are heliotropes- plants that follow the sun
· Ukraine is one of the largest producers of sunflower seeds
* Learn something new
* Help raise money for Ukrainian people
* Enter contest/win prizes
- tallest sunflower plant
- raised the most in Sunflower Peace pledges
1. Place yard soil in peat container. Insert seed into the container, making sure to cover it with ½ inch of soil. Press soil firmly down on seed.
2. Give the seedling some water and place it in a window that gets 6-8 hours of sun each day.
3. When seed has sprouted (about 7-10 days), plant the peat container in a sunny spot in your garden. Plants should be spaced 18-24 inches apart from each other.
4. To keep animals from eating the seedling, place a protective cover over the plant (make sure the cover you chose lets plenty of light and air in).
5. Water plant as needed.
* If you decide to plant seeds directly into the ground, refer to the growing directions on the seed packet. You can also learn more about growing and harvesting sunflowers from these videos: