Popular sunflowers have finally made their way out of vegetable gardens and into flowerbeds, entryways, and even containers. Experiment with some of the newer cultivars that offer bicolored blooms, bushy shapes, and dwarf size.
To start seeds indoors: Sow seeds 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost date. Cover the seeds with ½ inch of soil and keep the temperature at 70° to 85°F. Seedlings will emerge in 5 to 14 days. Set out the plants after the last frost.
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