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Name: Aqua Homie Coast Maine 7a
Green Bear Island, Maine (Zone 7a)
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PacificPonds
Nov 9, 2020 8:22 PM CST
Hello! I live in the beautiful island nation of Aleialei Atoll and bought some sunflower seeds as annuals in my garden. My cousin said they wouldn't sprout in sandy soil so I used the old cottonball-in-a-ziplock-bag trick to germinate it. Now they have sprouted and I was wondering if I may transplant them into sandy soil.
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Name: Zoë
Albuquerque, New Mexico (Zone 7b)
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nmoasis
Nov 10, 2020 11:13 AM CST
Welcome! PacificPonds

Not a lot of info available about your little island nation. Looks like a tiny spot of paradise! Lovey dubby

A lot depends on the nature of your sand and your species of sunflower. If you are talking about beach sand, it could be too salty for many species of sunflowers and other garden plants. HOWEVER, there is a particular sunflower, Helianthus debilis, known as Beach Sunflower, that thrives in salty coastal sand. Here is an article, and there are many other google articles about it. If this is what you have, you're in luck! Thumbs up

http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/leec....
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Name: Aqua Homie Coast Maine 7a
Green Bear Island, Maine (Zone 7a)
Garden, surf, live, repeat :-) 🌴
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PacificPonds
Nov 16, 2020 9:52 AM CST
Thank you so much for the help. We do have beach sand but live 4 blocks from the coast about 45 feet above sea level. bits of wind-blown clay particles all the way from Africa and Chile get deposited on our island. If you search for red clay in Bermuda, you will see it gets blown all the way from Africa. My island is similar. Aleialei is nice. it is very diverse too. I'm in USDA hardiness zone 11b but here they range from 6a to 12b.
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