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You know those MONSTER 8 foot tall sunflowers we all loved as kids? well I found a way to grow them in portable containers, still get the seeds, and they only grow about 1-1/2 feet tall (and are spirals). I got this idea from seeing those spiral bamboo shoots that are so popular in stores these days.
here is how you do it.

Step 1: Start out your sunflower

The seeds I used were called the "Russian Giant Sunflower" first plant them and wait until the 3rd set of leaves grow, but the stem is still somewhat bendable.

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Awesome idea. I have to try this.
in the picture on step 3 why is the whole bottom part of the plant free from leaves?
Would never have thought of this, but can't wait to try it. A much more practical height too, and really sophisticated. Sunflower seeds are available in some lovely varieties, may be good to try a few, (can always grow some spares for gifts or charity fundraising. )
I will have to give this a shot, I love mammoth sunflowers but a single flower is a bit awkward to have especially at an apartment so this may be a great solution to that!
pretty awesome! ive planted some sunflowers and im so doing this!
neat-o
Oh yeah, seems like they'd be sturdier in high winds too. My sunflowers got the crap beat out of them last year in a bad t-storm.
Those look great, much nicer then the giant ones cool idea!

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