One million sunflowers

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what flowers do.”

We think it’s fair to say that in the current climate, we all need a little positivity and optimism right now. In partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Biodiscovery Institute, we’re delighted to be launching the #MillionSunflowers challenge.

The challenge, should you choose to accept it (that's right, Mission Impossible style!), is to join us in planting a sunflower (or more if you want!) and share how it’s growing on twitter using the hashtag #MillionSunflowers.

The target of growing one million sunflowers is an ambitious one, but with your help, we think it’s very achievable.

How to grow a sunflower from seed

Here are a few steps from to help you get started:

  1. Use sandy soil, spacing seeds about 6 inches apart in a shallow trench between 1 and 2 inches deep (2 inches is preferred)
  2. Cover and keep watered until seeds sprout in 7-10 days
  3. When first true leaves appear (the second set of leaves), thin plants to about 2 feet part
  4. Depending on the variety, sunflowers will mature and develop in 80-120 days.

What you can do next

We would love to see your sunflowers grow over the next few weeks, so why not join in and spread the word to your family, friends, and colleagues all over the world. Don’t forget to join the movement on twitter, too, using #MillionSunflowers.