Reach for the sky! Join our sunflower growing competition.


Sunflowers are amazing. From a tiny seed something majestic and powerful starts growing towards the sun.

All you need is seed, sun and soil and lots of watering.

We will give the lucky winners of our Sunflower Growing Competition a one-year  Tool Library membership for free.

The categories are:

  1.  The most glorious sunflower (size does not matter)
  2.  Best hand decorated pot
  3. Creation of a sunflower (painting, collage or drawing)

To register email

First 50 to register will get a London Herbarium card for free.

Send a  picture of you posing with your best sunflower plant, pot or art to

We might post some of the pictures in our Newsletters or media, so please get consent from the people in the pictures, and from parents if you are underage. 

If you do not have any seeds and are local, get in touch and we will get you a bag. 

Hints and tips…

  • Plant your seeds outside in April once the chance of frost has passed. You can start them off inside but it is just as easy and you are more likely to grow larger blooms if you start them off outside.
  • Sunflowers can be sown straight in to the ground where they are going to flower, so make sure the space you are going to sow is weed free, by using a trowel to remove the weeds.
  • Make sure to plant them where they will get 6-8 hours sun per day – this is what they need to grow successfully.
  • Rake the soil to a fine tilth (a fine crumbly texture) and make some drills 12mm deep. Leave a 10cm space between each seed if you are sewing more than one.
  • Place the seed in carefully and cover them up with soil. Don’t forget to water the seeds gently.
  • Be careful, as slugs and snails like to eat the new shoots. You may like to protect the seedlings by cutting the top off a plastic bottle and placing it over your seedlings.
  • As your sunflower begins to grow taller than you, you will need to help support the stem, by placing a cane near the stem and loosely tying the cane to the plant with string.
  • Watch your sunflower (hopefully) grow and grow and grow…
  • If you don’t have a garden, don’t worry. Sunflowers can be grown in pots if you have a nice bright and sunny indoor space to put them. Alternatively, do it with friends and family and use their garden as a home for your sunflower, or even ask your teacher if your whole class can do it for your school grounds or garden.
  • Save your spare seedlings for future plant swap events organised soon by the Waltham Forest Tool Library.

Good luck and have fun growing and creating!


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