Dwarf Sunflowers: Everything You Need To Know About These Dwarves

Dwarf sunflowers are smaller versions of regular sunflowers, known for their vibrant colors. They require minimal watering and thrive in soil kept moist. These sunflowers need six to eight hours of sunlight per day, and prefer light, nutrient-rich, and well-drained soil. They can tolerate both drought and high humidity, but good air circulation is essential. Fertilization is not necessary, and pruning helps promote more stems and flowers. Dwarf sunflowers can be propagated through stem cuttings or seeds. They are generally disease-resistant but may be affected by Sclerotinia stem rot. The common pests that can harm them include sunflower beetles and Vanessa cardui caterpillars. These sunflowers bloom for a few months and are annual plants. They grow to an average height of six to 42 inches, depending on the variety. The best growing zones for dwarf sunflowers are USDA plant hardiness zones two to 11.