How to Plant Sunflowers in Decorative Pots

Make sunflowers even more cheery with this step-by-step guide to designing fun pots to plant them in.
Shiny Happy Sunflower People

Shiny Happy Sunflower People

Photo by: DK - Ready, Set, Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready, Set, Grow!, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Ready Set Grow

Bright, sunny sunflowers look pretty in a pot. You can make them look even more cheerful by painting the pot and giving it a smiley face. For quick results, use dwarf sunflower seeds, but if you want to grow a pot person that's taller than you, use other varieties and a bigger pot. This project takes 10 weeks to complete.

Materials Needed:

  • 5 quart cans or bigger
  • enamel paints
  • vaseline
  • polyethylene bag
  • sunflower seeds
  • watering can
  • pencil or pointed stick

1. Paint Your Flowerpots

Draw the designs for the clothes of your flowerpot people on paper first. Then, use enamel paints to copy the designs onto some cans.

2. Fill the Pots With Soil

Ask an adult to make holes in the base of each can. Then, spread some gravel on the bottom for drainage. Now fill the cans up with soil and water them well.

Decorated Paint Can Planters

Decorated Paint Can Planters

Photo by: DK - Ready, Set, Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready, Set, Grow!, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Choose Your Sunflower Seeds

While dwarf seeds will produce the quickest results, other varieties to consider are the Ring of Fire (seen here), Teddy Bear and Pacino sunflowers.

4. Sow the Seeds

Make two holes 1/2-inch (1.5 cm) deep near the center of each pot. Sow a seed in each hole and gently cover with soil. Cover the cans with a polyethylene bag with a few small holes in it.

Sow and Cover the Sunflower Seed

Sow and Cover the Sunflower Seed

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow!, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Grow sunflowers in a place that gets full sun. Use well-drained soil. Seeds will germinate in 2 to 3 weeks and flowers will open after 7 to 10 weeks.

5. Finish the Pots

Cover the sides of the cans with a ring of vaseline to deter slugs. Position the containers in a sunny spot. Remove the bags when the seedlings' leaves appear and remove the weaker plant.

Sunflower Seedlings in a colorful pot

Sunflower Seedlings in a colorful pot

Photo by: DK - Ready, Set, Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready, Set, Grow!, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

6. Water the Plants

Without water sunflowers will die quickly. If your flowers have more than one head developing, cut the extra ones later for an indoor flower display.

Caring For Sunflowers

Caring For Sunflowers

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow!, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

7. Make Sunflower Faces

Wait for the sunflowers to open. Then, use a pencil or pointed stick to pick out some of the tiny flowers on the head to make a face. Eyes, noses and mouths can be different shapes.

Smiley Face Sunflower

Smiley Face Sunflower

Photo by: DK - Ready, Set, Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready, Set, Grow!, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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