Do Sunflowers Transplant Well – Learn About Moving Sunflower Plants

By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Growing sunflowers in yourlandscape provides big yellow blooms that simply shout summer. Birds flock tothe mature plants to enjoy the seeds, so you can use it as part of a plotplanted to attract birds, bees and otherpollinators. But do sunflowers transplant well and should you move them at all?Read on to learn more.

Do Sunflowers Transplant Well?

Put sunflowers in their permanentlocation when planting. Because of the taproot, moving plants is not advisable.It is nearly impossible to move growing plants with taproots once active growthhas started.

Can you transplant sunflowers froma starting pot? If you want to get started early growing this plant, you maygrow from seed in a container. Transplanting sunflower seedlings shortly aftersprouting is the best practice.

Tips for Moving Sunflower Plants

Because the seeds are large, growquickly and have a long taproot, moving sunflower plants from the sproutingcontainer into the ground can be tricky. Do this less than three weeks afterplanting or as soon as you see leaves developing. If you leave plants in thestarting container too long, growth of the long taproot may be stunted.

The best way to grow sunflowers isby planting seeds directly into the ground when soil has warmed and frostdanger is passed. If for some reason you must start sunflowers in containers,use pots that are biodegradable and remove them as you’re putting the plantinto a hole. Make sure dirt is loosened several inches underneath to provideroom for the taproot to grow.

If you buy a growing sunflower in apot, look closely to make sure top growth appears healthy and, if you can, takea look at the roots. Don’t purchase this plant if it appears rootbound.

If you want to grow sunflowers in acontainer, choose a pot that is deep and possibly a dwarf variety of the plant.Sources say a one to two-gallon pot is big enough for a dwarf plant and thatthe mammoth types need at least a five-gallon container. Sunflowers growing ina container will likely need staking too.

So, do sunflowers transplant well?Answer: in most cases, not so well. Only attempt to transplant those you’vestarted from seed and do that as quickly as the plant allows.

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Question: Transplanting Sunflowers?

Can you transfer a sunflower from the ground to a pot without harming it? It's 7ft tall.


Dig around the plant and straight down, as not to disturb the larger roots. Instructions are here . /

if you're careful I say go for it, just make sure that it is a really big pot so it has room to grow and thrive and make sure it gets as much sun as it generally gets where it lives now

While I personally would not, my reason is that they are too big and heavy to deal with and I physically I am not able to dig that deep--they have huge root spans) and even if I could, I don't think I could lift a 7 foot plant (too heavy).

If you are physically able, you just need to make sure you can dig deep enough to get all the roots or you risk damaging the system and the plant dying. The roots can be three feet deep and three feet wide. more if the plant is really huge--7 feet is huge, but they can get WAY taller!

Then you would need a pot big enough to house it all in. That in it self can be a challenge and then it is triple..plant, dirt, pot.

This is one of my favorite sites about sunflowers: . / sunflowers

Don't forget to harvest seeds, some to eat, some to plant. provided that the birds don't beat you to it :)

Thanks for the advice.It's been picked to be in the county fair so just for the week it will be out of the ground.So what would you do if it was yours

Wow! That is a huge honor. It is a shame the can't judge it where it blooms. It seems a bit illogical to make you move it. But I guess I over think things :(

That said, if you feel you can get to the root ball and have a big enough pot, go for it! Let me know how it goes! Hope you win!!

I have transplanted 2-3 foot sunflowers successfully but a 7 foot - wow.

  • Here is how the web site says to do it so maybe you could make it survive for a few days but I would bet it might not be able to survive the trauma from the first transplant much less the second (returning it to the original spot).
  • When Transplanting Older Plants
  • When digging your sunflower up, make sure to give it wide berth. If you dig too close to the stalk, the roots can be damaged and your beloved flower might not recover. The farther out you dig, the more roots will remain on the stalk. Dig straight down to go deep and avoid cutting the largest roots. Shake off excess dirt if it is too heavy to carry to the new location.

Question: Transplanting a Potted Sunflower?

I just bought a potted, pretty well established sunflower plant in a pot. I want to plant it in my yard. What steps should I follow?


Dig a large hole in a sunny area. Gently tip the plant out of the pot and plant it.

This is an easy job- no different than most transplants but just in case you like a visual here is an excellent video on YouTube:

Just be sure to watch it and water as needed. You may need to stake it until it gets a good root hold!! Enjoy the loveliness!!

Sunflowers are very easy to transplant from pot to ground.

Find a nice area in your yard that has direct sunlight (6-8 hours). Dig a generous sized hole 2ft deep by 3ft (depending on how big your pot is). Sunflowers need soil that drains well.

Question: Transplanting Sunflowers?

I want to replant a few sunflowers. Where do I start cutting? Do I stick the flower in the ground or pot first? Do I water everyday or once a week?


Does the bright face of a golden sunflower cheer you up? Did you plant hundreds of the sunflowers seeds, so you could be continuously cheery, but realize that now you need to thin them out? Or maybe some just popped up in the wrong location. Never fear, you can move your beloved sunflower to an appropriate place safely, and enjoy its beauty for the rest of the season.

There are over sixty varieties of sunflowers. Each one has specific needs for growth and care, but the basics are all about the same. You've planted the seeds, whether indoors or out, and now need to transplant or thin them out in the garden. The process will take a little time, but should result in undamaged sprouts or flowers in the end.

When Transplanting Seedlings
Seedlings are very delicate until several weeks when the stem grows thicker and develops in to a stalk. When you are moving them from a germination flat from indoors to outdoors, you will need some special care. Pick a location that receives full sun or only partial shade for the best results. Do not plant outdoors until all danger of frost is gone, as the cold will freeze the tender stems and they will die and not regrow.

Begin by digging small holes where you would like your seedlings to go. Make sure they are adequately spaced so the roots will have plenty of room to grow. You don't want to have to re-transplant them again in another month by spacing them to close together. Dig a hole about two or three inches in to the ground. Work the soil so it is loose and the roots can take hold and latch on, on the sides and bottom of the hole.

Position the sunflower in the center of the hole and cover with soil. Pat gently so the soil is firm and will keep sunflower in place. Water the area to give the roots extra help in growing and repairing themselves from the transplant.

If your seedlings are small and don't stand up on their own, you might want to use a stake. You can buy metal or wood ones and prop next to the seedling or tie it with some string. Popsicle sticks and wooden stakes cut down to the size of the seedling work best. The stakes will also protect against heavy rain and high wind damage.

And like all young sprouts, they will attract wildlife. Rabbits especially like to eat the tender green stems of sunflowers. Its not uncommon to have a beautiful row or two of sprouts emerge, grow to six inches tall, and then be completely mowed down overnight by a hungry rabbit or deer. A fence made of wire or mesh might keep them out, at least until the seedlings can grow tall enough where the rabbits lose interest. A fence would need to be at least eight feet tall to keep deer out, and then it isn't even a guarantee. Human or animal hair placed near the seedlings may also repel their interests.good luck.

I don't understand your question, "where do I cut?". I'm in central FL on the east coast and am currently growing sunflowers, too. I'd be happy to help you, if I can. I'm guessing yours are in the ground and you want to move them? How old are they? I planted mine from seeds in pots, then transplanted them at 4wks from pots to the ground. They are 7wks old now and getting bigger by the minute. Feel free to contact me.

Hello there. First time planting sunflowers. Mistakenly I planted all the seeds in one single large pot. I'm wondering if I can transplant some of the to other pots? They are happy and healthy on my balcony along with my herbs and plants. I also believe that the roots will be all tangled together. Just afraid of hurting them if I do need to transplant them to give more space between them. Thank you much.

Question: Transplanting Older Sunflowers?

I would like to relocate some older (about 1/2 grown) sunflowers. How can I do it without killing the flower? Thanks for any help or advice.

Question: Can I Transplant Older Sunflowers?

I want to move my sunflower plants from one area to another. Can I do this without killing them? If so, how do you recommend I do this?

When To Transplant Cucumber

Once your cucumber seedlings have between two to three true leaves, then it’s about time to transplant. Make holes for the transplant that can well accommodate the roots of the seedlings. It is easier to use the seedling pea pot’s size or your seedling bag to judge the hole size.

After making the hole, carefully remove the base of the pea pot or seedling container. Then meticulously remove all the boxes. Without damaging the roots, place the cucumber seedling in the hole. Cover the seedling with soil or compost.

Can You Transplant Sunflowers: Learn About Transplanting Sunflower Seedlings - garden

When it comes to planting sunflower seeds, you can either directly sow them outside, or you can start them inside to transplant them later.

Whichever way you decide to get your seeds started, we'll let you know the best ways to do so!


  • Step 1:Space your seeds about 6 inches apart in a shallow trench about 1-2 inches (2.5-5cm) deep. If you’re planting in sandy soil, then 2 inches deep works best.
  • Step 2: Cover your seeds, and keep them watered until they sprout – which typically takes 7-10 days.
  • Step 3:Sow a new row every 2-3 weeks to enjoy continuous blooms until the first frost.

NOTE: Depending on the variety you grow, sunflowers will mature and develop their seeds in 80-120 days. Just be sure to keep that in mind!


  • Step 1: If you plan to start your sunflowers indoors, use separate compartments of a seeding tray.
  • Step 2:Fill the tray with potting mix and plant each seed so that about a half inch of the mix covers the top of the seed.
  • Step 3: Then, water your soil until it’s moist – and make sure to keep it moist as your seedlings grow!
  • Step 4: Also, you’ll want to maintain your soil’s temperature around 65-75°F (18-23°C).

Now, you're all set to get your seeds started!

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