What Animals and Bugs Are Attracted to Sunflowers?

Sunflower Facts

Having grown sunflowers for many years I have had many a plant captured by critters before its prime. I am of course talking about bugs, beetles, birds and all manor of wild animals. They are attractive to a trove of wildlife. And why not, sunflowers are truly magnificent and yummy to many creatures. So, what animals and bugs are attracted to Sunflowers? A numerous amount. Sunflower bugs and beetles, Cutworms, ladybugs, spiders, bees, snails, butterflies, moths, aphids, seed Weevils, squirrels, rabbits, birds, deer, mice, rats, hedgehogs, chipmunks, Raccoons and the list goes on. Many are good and beneficial, some bad. Let’s […]

November 8, 2018

Do Sunflowers Need a Lot of Water? When and How to Water Them

Sunflower Guides

I watch my sunflowers all the time whilst they’re growing, I do my best to take great care of them when they’re young. An important part of their growth is the level of water they should have. Having watered them too much and too little over the years, I felt it was important to provide the best advice possible for watering your sunflower. Do Sunflowers Need a Lot of Water? In Comparison with most other plants, yes, sunflowers do need a consistent and plentiful supply of water. Due to their rapid growth, they need a minimum of 2 gallons, (7.57 […]

November 7, 2018

Why Are Sunflowers Tall? Here’s Why!

Sunflower Chat

When we picture a sunflower, we all seem to have in our minds this idea of a tall, straight stem, with occasional large green shapely leaves. Large, round, yellow petalled, bright, happy looking sunflower head shining brightly at the top. It’s the stereotypical image we all have, even from childhood. And in many cases, this is true. Its what drew me to sunflowers in the first place. But why do they grow so tall? Let’s look a little closer into this. So, Why Are Sunflowers Tall? There are many varieties of sunflower, the most common depiction of this species is […]

October 30, 2018

Why Are There No Seeds on My Sunflower? Here’s Why!

Sunflower Chat, Sunflower Guides

Such a shame, you spent all Spring and Summer caring for those mammoth sunflowers, then come bloom time and it’s empty, the seeds have vanished and so has your desire to try growing them again! Don’t despair there are reasons for this as I discovered early on. So why are there no seeds on my sunflower? The reasons could be varied, ranging from a cultivated variety not designed for pollination, lack of pollination, misinterpretation of what’s happening in the flower, something else got to them first, or possibly but rarely, pests. Let’s take a look at each of these and […]

October 30, 2018

How Do Sunflowers Pollinate? (with illustrations)

Sunflower Facts

The glorious blooms of sunflowers are such a big part of my summer, and bees are a big part of my sunflowers. And being pollinated is a big part in a sunflowers life cycle. I love hearing the humble bumble buzzing around, because I know it means the big beautiful sunflowers I have grown are nourishing the wildlife, and in turn, they are pollinating my flowers to ensure a bountiful supply of seeds to sow in my garden for the following year. And this is the main goal of the sunflower, to produce seeds. So, How do sunflowers pollinate? There […]

October 30, 2018

Do Sunflowers Follow The Sun?

Sunflower Facts

I just had to write about this as my first topic. It’s one of my all-time favorite things about sunflowers, and so many people ask the question that it deserves a proper answer. I hope I can help, and offer some detail around the behavior of Sunflowers whilst I’m at it! So, do sunflowers follow the sun? The answer is yes, they do. They have an inbuilt mechanism which has evolved over thousands of generations of sunflowers in order to take full advantage of natural light for photosynthesis. There are also other reasons why sunflowers follow the sun too. Let’s […]

October 13, 2018