The Q&A Archives: Sunflower Playhouse

Question: While searching your archives for some information on growing sunflowers (my kids have been wanting to try this for two summers now), I found information about planting a sunflower playhouse. So, I ordered some seeds from you, along with some morning glory seeds (the vines fill in the walls and create the "ceiling," according to what I learned), and I planted the sunflower seeds yesterday, a nice sunny day. Of course, last night we had flash lightening and thunder with hard rain, but my seeds are still out there (even the leftover ones I planted along the hedge and forgot to cover over with soil). Should I plant the morning glory seeds now, or wait til the sunflowers come up? And if I plant them now, how will I know which is which when they come up?? In the process of thinning the seedlings, I'm afraid I will end up with no sunflower walls for my morning glory vines to climb! If it's not painfully obvious by now, I haven't planted a seed in anything larger than a peat pot in my entire life, and I am afraid of disappointing the kids, who came home from school today already wanting to know if the seeds were growing yet! Please help!

Answer: Go ahead and plant the morning glories seeds now, because the sunflowers will naturally germinate faster and come up first. The sunflowers will grow straight up and the morning glories will vine and twist sideways right away so you will be able to tell the difference.

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