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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Growing Sunflower From Seed.

My friend and I brought back some sunflower seeds from our holiday in Fraser's Hill in July, 2016. I germinated some seeds but the few seedlings were so thin and fragile. They kept growing in height but the stem remain thin.
 I transferred the seedlings into this big pot
 Only this seedling survived. It looked so weak, I planted it in a pot and placed it near the shade of the bougainvillea plant.
 I didn't give up on this plant and continue to fertilizer and water it.
 Slowly the plant began to grow stronger and taller. It reminds me of the giant bean stalk in the children's story book. I had to support it with 2 long iron rods.
 It grew to almost 8 feet tall before it bloomed for the first time! To snap the above photo of the flower, I had to stand on a wooden stool.
 And to get a closer picture, I had to stand on my toes and with the camera held high above my head!
 Here is my first sunflower bloom. It is standing tall, competing with the bougainvillea plant.
 It measured about 7 to 8 inches diameter from tip to tip of the yellow petals. 
This bright and striking sunflower standing tall at the end of my garden can be seen clearly from the front gate.
The plant is now almost reaching 9 feet tall!
Hurray! I can see more sunflowers blooming from the new branches.
I am glad I didn't underestimate or give up on a weakling.
With love, care and patience, my sunflower grew into a tall & fruitful plant!

May Your New Year Be Bright & Fruitful!

Linking to Floral Bliss.


For our people must learn to help all who need their assistance,

that their lives will be fruitful.

(Titus 3:14, The Living Bible-TLB)

52 comments:

  1. Oh, it is gorgeous!! You have grown Jack's Beanstalk, only a pretty one! AND the yellow and purple together is a gorgeous combination!! So beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. To reach the flowers, I will have to use a ladder!

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  2. wow!!! the flower is so, so beautiful... your patience paid off..

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    1. Thank you, Krishna. The flowers are my reward!

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  3. Wonderful photos Nancy - they bring spring and summer to my mind! Thank you so much for linking - Happy 2017!

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    1. Thank you, Riitta. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Great sunflowers.there are very common in my country

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. Have a great day!

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  5. You have an amazing talent for gardening, and the flower is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a beautiful day!

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    1. You are welcome. But do come when my plants are doing well! Lol!

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  7. wow the plant looks amazing:)
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you, dear. Wishing you all the best for the new year!

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  8. you put your nice effort and got wonderful results dear!
    our soil is little sandy but is most favorite for sunflower as their plants grow like eight feet long .
    best wishes for you and family for the new year

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    1. Thank you, Baili. Have a wonderful new year!

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a good day!

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  10. Great photos ) Thanks for interesting post)
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  11. I love sunflowers, for me sunshine in the garden. :)

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    1. Thank you, Giga. Now I have 3 sunshine flowers in my garden!

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  12. Nancy, what a fabulous job you did growing the sunflower! I really would like to plant some next spring if I don't forget. Our soil is so horrible, though. It's next to impossible to get anything to grow in it. We'll wait to see how things go before I decide what to do. Thanks for sharing on WW and have a blessed, happy new year, my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. I hope you will remember and that everything will be fine for planting sunflower. Have a blessed new year too!

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  13. ...thanks for adding some sunshine to my cloudy day.

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a beautiful day!

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    1. Thank you, Beauty. Have a lovely day!

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  16. I love sunflowers. There was a place near here that raised sunflowers. Acres and acres of them. They were so beautiful to drive through.

    Have a fabulous day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. I can imagine the acres and acres of sunflowers!

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  17. what a beautiful sunflower! your hard work paid off. soon you will have many sunflower seeds to grow more sunflowers. how long did it take to grow before the flower blooms?

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    1. Thank you, Mun. I think it took about 4 months for it to bloom.

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  18. Fantastic Nancy! What a great achievement I love sunflowers!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I love sunflowers too!

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    1. Thank you, Basia. Have a great day!

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  20. Lovely sunflower!! I love it but never grow one before.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. Have a lovely day!

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  21. Wow...such a gorgeous one. Nancy, you really did a wonderful job nurturing this plant! ^.^

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Have a wonderful day!

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  22. Wahhhh... very nice, Nancy! Blooming all out...

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    1. Thank you, Claire. I hope to grow more plants in future!

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  23. I think I'll have to fertilize mine Nancy, it is small and weak. This one turned out beautifully.

    Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana. Have a beautiful day!

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  24. That is amazing Nancy, your hard work paid off and you were rewarded with a beautiful sunflower. Take care.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas. I am very pleased with my reward!

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  25. My sister has some lovely sunflowers in her front garden, these shown here are so pretty

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    1. Thank you, Jo-Anne. Have a lovely day!

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  26. Beautiful flower and nice story!

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    1. Thank you, Stacy. Have a beautiful day!

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