Sunflowers like warmth and sunshine to grow big and tall, but this one is defying all odds! Growing in a little terrace garden in Kent, this beauty has reached a staggering height of 23 ft despite a poor summer with cooler temps and little sunshine.
Eve Fielding thought it would be fun to have a little contest with her granddaughter, so they each sowed a few sunflower seeds to see who’s would grow the tallest. The “Eiffel” sunflower (given the nick name by Eve herself) was a left over seed that was planted “just because” and has grown to this amazing height without any extra special treatment.
Eve says she has heard of people talking to plants to help them grow, but has never done it herself, til now. Seeing as it grew so big on its own, a few words of encouragement to beat the world record certainly can’t hurt!
The tallest sunflower on record was grown by Hans-Peter Schiffer in Kaarst-Voorst, Germany. It was grown in 2009 and reached a height of 26ft, 4″. At 23ft tall the “Eiffel” sunflower is well on its way to breaking that record!