Thanks to a new charity partnership with a seed company called Limagrain, we have been donated lots of sunflower seeds which we would like to share with our green-fingered fundraisers to spread a bit of yellow cheer as we exit lockdown. You can of course use seeds that you may already have at home.
If you are feeling competitive, we are keen to see who can grow the biggest sunflower by June! There will be a dedicated online platform to track entries and donations along the way so that you can suss out your rivals. If you would like to take part, check out the details below.
How to get involved
Join in with our sunflower growing competition and raise money for East Anglian Air Ambulance when you enter our competition.
Request your free Grow Yellow pack containing your very own packet of sunflower seeds using the form at the bottom of this page. We suggest planting your seeds in April to give them plenty of time to grow big and tall.
Entries will open on our Visufund page from June 1st - June 30th where you’ll be able to upload a photo of your sunflower and tell us how tall it is. There is no set price to enter, simply donate an amount of your choice to help keep our helicopters flying all year round.
Sunflower growing tips and facts:
- Skyscraper, Sunforest Mix and Russian Mammoth are all types of sunflower
- A sunflowers face tracks the sun from sunrise to sunset
- The tallest sunflower on record was grown by Hans-Peter Schiffer in Germany and was 30 feet tall!
- Plant your sunflower seed in a sunny but sheltered spot about 1.5cm deep into the soil
- Cover your seeds with a clear plastic bag until they have germinated to create a miniature greenhouse
- Keep them well watered until they are ready to be transferred to a bigger pot