Notice the seed shell or hull still attached at the tip.
Rows of sunflower seedlings
a big difference compared
to the first attempt last year,
with a solitary sunflower plant.
It was fun having sunflower in the garden last year. The single sunflower plant matured, produced the most exotic looking flower. The 35 sunflower seeds saved, were kept in a plastic container until a week ago. We decided to germinate all of them directly onto the vegetable beds. Little shoots pop up from the ground one after another. If these little plants survive to maturity, we are going to collect almost 1000 seeds in a few months time. Hmmm...
To see how they fare with other plants, we squeezed them beside chili plants and basils, which also has eggplants, asin-asin, marigolds, lady's finger amongs others. On the other bed, sunflowers has to share with ginger, tomato plants , sweet peas, radishes, spinach and pak choy. Lets what the big community of plants can do to sunflowers. I do believe they will support one another.... None is invasive enough to wipe out the others.
Now, a few has gone to the second pair of leaves while the rest still at the first pair. The mother plant was short, about a foot and a half. It must be the dwarf sunflower. Now our garden is ready to see how the second generation of sunflower fares . Fertilizing is almost weekly, both poultry manure pellets and liquid spray.