Here we will talk about how to germinate sunflower seeds. The sunflower known as “Helianthus annuus” is native to North America. This shows that sunflowers do very well there and do not require soaking in sowing seeds or sun seeds.
Sunflowers are not only planted because of the beauty of their yellow flowers facing the sun. However, planting sunflowers has a bigger purpose, namely to meet the need for sunflower seed snacks. Usually, sunflower seeds are taken and roasted so that they have a delicious taste for consumption as a snack.
How to Germinate Sunflower Seeds
Actually, planting sunflowers is not difficult, because it can grow well in various places. But, the most important thing is that it gets sunshine.
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Sunflower farmers who live in the tropics, it is very pleasant because they get enough sunlight so it is easy to plant and germinate sun seeds.
To sow or grow sun seeds, we don’t need to immerse them in water. Sunflower seed coat is soft and reacts quickly to moisture, so by planting it directly in a small pot or polybag, sunflower seeds can grow well.
For a large planting, you have to try a few seeds first to find out whether the seeds grow well or not. If it is good and superior, then all of them can be used for seeding or germination.
How to grow sunflower seeds
Prepare the soil that has been mixed with compost, put it in a small polybag (a seeding place), then put one sunflower seed in each polybag.
Plant to a depth of 1/4 inch from the soil surface or just put the seed on the soil and then heap with soil from above about 1/4 inch. Cover the seeds with soil from above, then water them until the soil is wet, and there is no need to overwater. With soil moisture alone, this will affect the growth of sunflower seeds.
Then look after 3 days or 4 days. Make sure the sunflower seeds have germinated and let it stay in a polybag.
When these sunflower seeds have grown to about 5 inches and have grown their first leaves apart and germination. When removing from the pot, you can open the poly bag or tear the poly bag where sunflower seeds grow. Then lift it into the land or on the soil that has been provided.
Previously, you had punched the ground with a size slightly larger than a polybag. Usually, when the sunflower plant is transplanted to the ground, about a week it starts to grow well and be fertile.
The holes that are dug are also given fertilizer, you can use animal manure that has become fertilizer or animal manure that is no longer raw.
In this way, you can grow lots of sunflower seeds and can grow them in your field or garden. Don’t water too much, just water it in the summer, even then when the soil is dry.