Do you want to grow sunflower in North Carolina, but don’t know when to plant them?
Planting sunflower is not as easy as it seems.
- Sunflower are not able to survive frost or cold weather under 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
So if you plant them outside too early in the spring they will die. And if you plant them too late, your sunflower won’t produce a bloom.
Today, I’m going to teach you the ideal time to plant sunflower in North Carolina:
- To Learn More About HOW to Grow Sunflower, Check Out This GUIDE!
When to Plant Sunflower in North Carolina
As you may have already guessed, you need to pay very close attention to your local weather in the spring. Specifically, you are going to need to watch when the last frost occurs.
In general, when there hasn’t been a frost for two weeks, you are SAFE to plant your sunflower outside in North Carolina!
For your reference, I have created this table for average frost dates for most major cities in North Carolina. If your city is not listed below you can find its Last & First Frost Dates HERE.
North Carolina Last & First Frost Dates
Unfortunately, Mother Nature plays cruel tricks on us every year.
It should be noted that the above dates are just averages.
There are years when the last frost comes MUCH later. Sometimes, the last frost happens much earlier and you can get your sunflower planted outside in North Carolina much quicker.
Like I said before, you need to be very diligent in checking your local weather.
So what happens if a frost comes AFTER you plant your sunflower?
When you know a frost is coming you need to take action.
- If sunflower are in pots, bring them inside
- If sunflower are in the ground, cover them in burlap and hope they survive
Also, make sure not to plant your sunflower in your garden too late.
- Planting sunflower too late will cause small blooms or even worse, no blooms.
When Should You Start Your Sunflower Seeds Indoors?
Depending on the type of sunflower, it takes roughly 10 to 14 days to grow sunflower from seed indoors and then transplant them to your garden. And then another 12 to 18 weeks to bloom!
For a specific date that you should start sunflower seeds indoors you should:
- Find the last average frost date HERE
- And then subtract 10 days from it
Not only this, but I recommend again paying close attention to your local weather report.
It should also be noted that the best technique for bringing your sunflower plants outside is to introduce them (in their pots) outside for an hour. And then increase the amount of time they spend outside each day by an hour until they have been outside for 8 hours.
This will “harden” your sunflower plant, increasing its chances of fighting off diseases, insects, droughts, and wet conditions.
If you want to learn WHEN to plant ANY Flower in North Carolina, head over to HERE and just type in the flower you want to grow.