How Much Do Sunflowers Cost?

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The sunflower is an annual flower, native to America.

The name “sunflower” was an easy pick since the flower greatly resembles the sun.

Sunflowers are known to symbols of radiance and longevity.

Sunflower by cdanna2003, on Flickr
Sunflower” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by  cdanna2003

How much do sunflowers cost?

Usually, the cost of one sunflower will range anywhere from $1 to about $4.50 per stem.  However, the more you purchase at once in bulk, the more you are going to be able to save per stem.

For instance, at, the prices for 25 stems are $80, while 300 stems cost as much as $450.

At Sam’s Club, the costs can average anywhere from $0.65 per stem if you were to purchase 100 to as much as $1.25 each for 40 stems.

Those who want to purchase the seeds should expect to pay around $1 to $6 per packet of 100 seeds.

For example, at, sunflower seeds can cost $1.29 to $5.20 per packet.

A bouquet purchased from a local florist can cost around $35 to $70 depending on what is in the bouquet or centerpiece.  This price will usually include a vase and a variety of other flowers.

For a wedding, most couples reported paying close to $3 per stem at a wholesale price.

Quantity/SizePrice per Stem
25 Extra Large Stems$4
25 Large Stems$3
30 Medium Stems$2.50
40 Extra Large Stems$2.50
50 Large Stems$1.75
60 Medium Stems$1.50
75 Large Stems$1.65
80 Extra Large Stems$2.50
100 Large Stems$1.50
120 Medium Stems$1.25
250 Large Stems$1.50
250 Medium Stems$1

Sunflowers overview

Sunflowers can be purchased as either an adult plant or in seed form.  Sunflowers can come in different sizes such as mini, small, medium, large, and giant.

Some seed packets contain certified organic sunflower seeds grown in the USA for more than 20 years and have been cultivated to be free from chemicals, pesticides, and genetically modified organisms.  Some brands have also been tested to ensure good germination rates and to meet standards set by federal regulations.

There are sunflower varieties that can grow from 10 to 14 feet tall, with blooms spanning 12 to 14 inches, while some sunflower types are cultivated for their colors and use in a bouquet.

Colors can range from yellow, which is the most common, to red and brown, two-tone red and yellow, and just about every shade of yellow.

What are the extra costs?

Buying sunflowers online, whatever their state may be, usually entails shipping charges.  As an example, shipping and handling via first class mail for orders up to $10 can incur a shipping fee of $3.95 while orders of more than $150 can entail fees of 10 percent of the order total.

When growing sunflowers, fertilizer and soil mix may also be needed to help with their growth.  There are numerous products made available online or at home depot stores.  The prices will usually depend on the type of fertilizer or mix as well as the size and quantity.

Tips to know:

When buying sunflower bouquets, make sure to use clean fresh water when arranging the flowers using the flower preservative that usually comes with the order.  Follow the instructions on the recommended dosage.  Too much preservative can be disadvantageous since the flowers can be sensitive to sugar.

Remember that sunflowers need a lot of sun to grow properly.  They also grow toward the sun, so this needs to be considered when trying to plant the flowers.

Feeding and watering of the sunflowers need to be done regularly.  Avoid pouring fertilizer onto the stems to prevent decomposition.  Organic fertilizer, like accurately diluted fish emulsion, or other liquid organic fertilizers can be used.  If you have a dog, you can simply use its manure to fertilize the plants.

Heavy winds can cause the sunflowers to fall down and have their roots ripped out.  If you live in an area with high winds, you may want to rethink planting sunflowers.

Farms can provide year-round sunflowers but some colors or varieties may not always be available.

How can I save money?

Some sunflower suppliers offer free shipping with minimum orders.  Take advantage of this offer to avoid shipment charges.

Buy sunflowers in bulk at wholesale dealers and get considerable savings as a result of the discounted prices they offer.

Check out your local farmers markets as this is the best place to find the freshest and sometimes cheapest bouquets.

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Average Reported Cost: $2

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  1. JoJo (Columbus,  Ohio) paid $2 and said:

    Local farmers market sells them for $2 per stem in summer. Not too bad.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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