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Sunflower growing competition

Our tallest Sunflower competition is back for another year, entries with photograph and height need to be submitted by Sunday 8 September 2024.

If you fancy giving growing a go, you can enter a competition to grow the tallest sunflower. Last year our tallest sunflower entry reached a whopping 325cm!


Sunflowers can take a long time to grow, so if you would like to take part, you will need think about planting your sunflower seeds in spring. Here are some tips to help them grow:

  1. Put some compost in a plastic cup or plant pot, almost to the top. Put your finger in the soil to make a hole for your sunflower seed.
  2. Put a sunflower seed into the hole then cover it with a little compost. Give it some water so it is damp.
  3. Put the cup somewhere sunny like a windowsill. Give your sunflower a little water whenever it feels dry.
  4. After about 1 or 2 weeks a shoot should poke through the soil.
  5. When your plant grows too big for the pot, plant it in a bigger flowerpot or somewhere warm and sunny outside. Place a marker with your name next to it.
  6. Keep checking on your sunflower, making sure it doesn’t dry out (but no need to overwater it) - how tall will it grow?

If you would like us to send you a free pack of sunflower seeds to get you started, please email or contact the Progress Involvement team on 03333 204 555.


How can I enter?

To enter, please take a photo of your scarecrow and/or sunflower and send it along with your name, address and height measurement (for sunflowers) to


All entries received by  Sunday 8 September 2024 will be in with a chance of winning a prize. The ten tallest sunflowers will receive a prize. We can’t wait to see them all!

Sunflower growing competition

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