Plant Care Common Sunflower

Common Sunflower

4.7 out of 5 (58 experiences)

Common Sunflower has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Common Sunflower has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Common Sunflower

Common Sunflower is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as a fast grower and being a survivor with a whopping 837 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Common Sunflower likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Common Sunflower belongs to the helianthus genus, and is native to the Western United States to Mexico.

Taxonomy

Helianthus annuus
Helianthus
Asteraceae
Asterales

Also known as

Comb Flower, Autumn Beauty Sunflower and chianti hybrid

How to care for Common Sunflower

Water

How often to water your Common Sunflower

Water needs for Common Sunflower
0.5 cups
every 9

Common Sunflower needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Aloha, Oregon.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Common Sunflower

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Common Sunflower in Aloha, Oregon

Aloha, Oregon

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Growing Common Sunflower in Aloha right now

Light needs for plant Common Sunflower in Aloha, Oregon

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 30th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Aloha is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determ…

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Light needs for plant Common Sunflower in Aloha, Oregon

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 37% ☀️

November 29th, 2021

Aloha is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Aloha is expected to decrease by 37% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.4 megajoules of energy per m2 per day!

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Light needs for plant Common Sunflower in Aloha, Oregon

Daylight will decrease by 1.5 hours 📉

November 28th, 2021

This month, Aloha is getting an average of 8.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 14.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.6 total hours of daylig…

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Finding light for Common Sunflower in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Common Sunflower: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Common Sunflower love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Aloha, Oregon ⛅.

Common Sunflower does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Common Sunflower

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Common Sunflower: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Common Sunflower after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot Common Sunflower

Nutrient needs for plant Common Sunflower in Aloha, Oregon

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

November 26th, 2021

The growing potential in Aloha is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to re…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

Common Sunflower is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


Water Needs
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Propagation

Care Summary for Common Sunflower

Common Sunflower

Common Sunflower


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Aloha, Oregon, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Common Sunflower has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 41
Common Sunflower has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 22
Common Sunflower has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 19
Common Sunflower has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 14
Common Sunflower has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 14
Common Sunflower has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 8
Common Sunflower has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 7
Common Sunflower has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Tessalou avatar
@Tessalou
leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 497 XP
globe Withcott, Queensland
11/20/2021

Beautiful sunny flowers

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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@Mulchinmaeve
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 436 XP
globe Toronto, Ontario
09/13/2021

Beautiful, sunny, and immediately brighten up a garden.

However if you have squirrels in your area - these will also immediately serve as a tasty snack for them the day they are put outside.

If you plant alongside something squirrels hate however - like Geraniums or Hyacinths - they’ll keep them from becoming lunch!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Vikkib avatar
@Vikkib
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 1,914 XP
globe League City, Texas
07/11/2021

Pretty

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Airschl avatar
@Airschl
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 728 XP
globe Prague, Hlavní město Praha
07/08/2021

Need to fertilize regularly if having indoor!

Fast grower Fast grower
Hobbitpanda avatar
@Hobbitpanda
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 145 XP
06/20/2021

These grew quickly and in droves! Fairly easy to take care of… just water a bit when they get drier. They love to follow the sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Allie_ballie avatar
@Allie_ballie
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 130 XP
globe Weatherford, Texas
06/09/2021

She’s cool

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Joeshy avatar
@Joeshy
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 62 XP
globe Bexhill, England
06/04/2021

growing so quickly !! love it !!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Graygardens avatar
@Graygardens
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 95 XP
globe South Jordan, Utah
05/26/2021

I gave it 3 stars because it was a few feet tall and still in a pot that I think was too small for it.

It’s better for people who live in warmer weather.
I’d also recommend growing it outside so it can take up the space it needs and get a lot of sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Browns easily Browns easily
Kizwiz avatar
@Kizwiz
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 185 XP
globe Bristol, England
05/25/2021

The petals fall off easily

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
.d1l4r4.x avatar
@.d1l4r4.x
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 103 XP
05/25/2021

You need to water it everydsy or it dies

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Sadie avatar
@Sadie
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 76 XP
globe Markham, Ontario
05/24/2021

Pretty leaves.

Should have given it a lot more sunlight.

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@Jocelynn_ruth05
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 42 XP
05/22/2021

don’t over water it

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Abigailburrell avatar
@Abigailburrell
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Bishopton, Scotland
05/18/2021

I love my sunflowers :) Harry styles and Keanu Leaves have been very good! Love them so much

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
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@Lil45.2006
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 30 XP
globe Fort McMurray, Alberta
05/03/2021

Did not take long to sprout at all and they are already long and growing fast

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Planthoe
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Simi Valley, California
04/28/2021

browns and dies very easily and need to be watered everyday

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Chahd avatar
@Chahd
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 51 XP
04/22/2021

She’s a cutie, my baby

Fast grower Fast grower

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