When you are ready to plant, you may do so indoors or outdoors. If you do it indoors, put paper or a splat mat underneath to keep the soil from scattering. The best time to plant is on or around Mother's Day.
1. Take a Styrofoam cup and decorate it with markers.
2. Scoop soil into the cup about a ¼ inch from the top.
3. Have your child push his/her index finger into the soil in a few places.
4. Take the sunflower seeds and place a seed into each little hole. (Two to three per cup is fine.)
5. Cover the seed with soil.
6. Water the soil.
7. Place the cup by a window or sufficient light source.
8. Plan a watering schedule with your child. Keep the plant moist. You may want to plan to water each night before dinner. Don't overwater!
9. Keep the cup inside as the seeds germinate and begin to grow.
10. When the little plant is about two to three inches tall and begins to droop over a bit, it is time to plant it outside.
11. With your trough (and perhaps a small shovel for your child to help), dig a small hole in a sunny area of your yard or garden.
12. Turn the cup with the little plant upside down and carefully take the plant out of the cup.
13. Place the plant (plant side up) into the hole you've just dug.
14. Add some more soil with the "Miracle Grow" around the plant.
15. Over the weeks and months that the plant grows, you will need to place a tall stick or stake in the ground next to the plant to support it. Tie a string around the stick or stake and the plant. You may need to tie it in a few places, as the plant gets taller and thicker. 16. Continue to water your sunflower plant. Make sure it's getting a lot of sunlight. By August a beautiful big blossom will open up. Be patient, it's well worth the wait!
Happy Mother's Day!