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Sunflower Competition

To celebrate the arrival of spring, I’m excited to let you know about my SUNFLOWER GROWING COMPETITION!  This year we’re kicking off on 31st October 2019 and our winner will be drawn on 7th February 2020.

The winner of the comp who grows the tallest Sunflower will get their hands on a delicious treat filled box from

If you live in the Maygrove or Hatfields areas, then you can expect to receive your free pack of sunflower seeds in your letter box around the end of October.  For those outside the Maygrove/Hatfields areas, please just send me an email with your address and I’ll happily pop some sunflower seeds in the post to you, or alternatively please feel free to pop in to see me at the Harcourts Orewa office and collect some.

Once you believe your Sunflower has reached its full height, simply take a photo and email to me, along with the measured height of your sunflower, at: or via my Facebook page @MattGilmourRealEstate – all photos will need to be sent through prior to 7th February 2020.

Note: Actual prize box may vary from that pictured.

Competition Terms & Conditions

  • The competition will run from 31st October 2019 through until 7th February 2020.
  • The winner will be the person who manages to grow the tallest sunflower.
  • Please send your entry photos, along with the measured height of your sunflower to or via my Facebook page @MattGilmourRealEstate by 5.00pm 6th February 2020..
  • If the top three entries are close, I will visit your property and measure your sunflower to determine a winner.
  • The winner will be announced and contacted on 7th February 2020.
  • The prize is a large treat box from
  • By entering participants agree for photographs to be used in marketing and on my Facebook page.
  • Please follow my Facebook page for competition updates and announcements.

Growing Tips

  • Because they grow so fast, sunflowers need plenty of food and water so choose a nice sunny patch of soil and for best results mix some compost into the soil and give it a good water the day before you plant.
  • When growing tall sunflowers, its a good idea to try and choose a sheltered spot and to place stakes in the ground about 40cm apart. (This will stop them blowing over in the wind).
  • Beside each stake, sow seeds about 1cm deep.
  • Water enough to keep the soil moist but not wet.
  • Feed and water your plants as they grow and tie them gently to their stakes with stretchy ties. Feed them with liquid fertiliser or worm tea from your worm farm.
  • Don’t forget to protect them from snails, slugs and birds – netting is a good option.
  • Sunflowers don’t like being moved. If you sow the seed in pots transplant them into the garden before they get too big, or start them off in peat pots (or make biodegradable pots from empty toilet rolls) so you can plant them in the ground pot-and-all.

Most importantly… Enjoy your sunflowers – we hope they bring a smile to your face.

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