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.
Step 2: Start the bend
Transfer the young sunflower into a large pot, and put a sturdy pole right beside it. Then gradually (every 2-3 days) use twine to coax the seedling into wrapping around the pole. This has to be done very gently. Also turn the top of the sunflower toward the light source to help it keep its form.
In no time, you will have dwarfed sunflowers in this funky shape! great for giving as presents! and much more interesting than the every day sort giant sunflower!