Join the Abbots Care community sunflower challenge!

Over the coming months, we're encouraging our community to join us in growing sunflowers, one of the most iconic and cheerful flowers out there.

A postcard with sunflowers on

Why sunflowers? Not only are they beautiful, but they also have many benefits for both the environment and our well-being. Sunflowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which are crucial for maintaining healthy ecosystems. In addition, their seeds can be used for food, oil, and even bird feeders.

If you’re interested in participating in our sunflower challenge, here are some steps on how to grow a sunflower:

Choose a sunny location: Sunflowers thrive in full sunlight, so make sure you choose a spot that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight per day.

Prepare the soil: Sunflowers prefer well-drained soil that is slightly acidic. If your soil is heavy or clay-like, consider adding some compost or other organic matter to improve drainage.

Plant the seeds: Sunflower seeds can be planted directly in the ground after the last frost of the season. Plant the seeds about 1 inch deep and 6 inches apart. If you’re planting multiple rows, space the rows about 2 feet apart.

Water regularly: Sunflowers need consistent moisture to grow well, especially during the first few weeks after planting. Water them deeply once or twice a week, depending on the weather.

Provide support: As sunflowers grow taller, they may need support to keep them from falling over. You can use stakes or cages to prop them up.

Protect from pests: Sunflowers can attract pests such as aphids and caterpillars. Keep an eye out for any signs of damage and treat as needed with organic pest control methods.

We can’t wait to see your sunflowers grow and bloom! Don’t forget to share your progress on social media using the hashtag #AbbotsSunflowerChallenge. Happy planting!

Our community challenge in pictures

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