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Name: Cameron Allen
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 3, 2017 5:21 AM CST
Hi I started some Maximilian sunflowers from seed in Spring. I checked outside yesterday and found blooms on the smallest plant which is less than a foot tall. The taller plant is nearly two foot tall and it has buds on it. I always thought they bloomed in Fall? Will they bloom again or are they done for the year? Thanks.
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2017 9:35 AM CST
TexasPlumeria87 said:Hi I started some Maximilian sunflowers from seed in Spring. I checked outside yesterday and found blooms on the smallest plant which is less than a foot tall. The taller plant is nearly two foot tall and it has buds on it. I always thought they bloomed in Fall? Will they bloom again or are they done for the year? Thanks.


They are ready to bloom so no they will not bloom again.
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Frillylily
Jul 3, 2017 9:37 AM CST
If you want fall blooms start some new seeds and put them out when it's time.
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 3, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Thanks Rita and Frillylily. I'll start some more seeds since I was hoping they would have grown larger and bloomed in Fall. Thumbs up
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Jul 3, 2017 6:31 PM CST
Planted Maximilian sunflower once here, but had to remove it as very invasive.
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Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 3, 2017 8:04 PM CST
Charlie that might be an issue later on in my small garden. So far it's being crowded out by other plants. Hilarious!
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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SunnyBorders
Jul 4, 2017 11:32 AM CST
Cameron, could also be your location/growing conditions.

The plant I had was raised from seed by a friend. Planted it in the school garden which I maintained. I think it was the next year, it was through the lower end of that bed and on into the lawn. Still it was very easy to pull out. The location was sunny, surrounded by windows, and it was periodically watered.

It never fails to amaze me how differently the same plant may behave in different locations, even within the same garden (microenviroments). But to you location, as you might expect, I have zero experience of gardening in your environment.

Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jul 4, 2017 1:19 PM CST
Wow that's amazing. It's strange how plants behave differently in different climates. I've only seen a small population of Maximilian sunflowers here and last year was the first year I had noticed them. They're developing in that area so it won't be long before they're gone unfortunately. I'll keep an eye out on the ones in my yard. My plants are in lightly amended clay with some decomposed granite mixed in.

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