Douglas Smith grew a 20 foot sunflower after his son Stellan asked him to.
Douglas Smith

  • A UK dad grew a sunflower taller than his house during the coronavirus lockdown.
  • Douglas Smith told Insider he planted the seed on March 28, and four months later it was 6.1 metres tall.
  • Smith, who lives in Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, England, grew the plant after his four-year-old son Stellan asked for a sunflower "as tall as the house."
  • According to The Sun, the sunflower is the tallest in the UK.
  • Smith has grown some giant vegetables before, so had "high hopes" for his sunflower.
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This is Douglas Smith and his four-year-old son Stellan.

Douglas Smith

Stellan asked his dad for a sunflower "as tall as the house," so on March 28, his dad planted a seed that swiftly grew.

Douglas Smith

Before long, the plant was taller than Stellan.

Douglas Smith

A little while later, it was taller than Douglas too. "I've grown some (giant) veg competitively, but never a sunflower specifically — so I had high hopes!" he told Insider, but added that it was going to be challenge.

Douglas Smith

Douglas had bought the seed from John Butler, who grew North America's tallest sunflower at over 8 metres, according to The Sun.

Douglas Smith

Source: The Sun


Over the course of the coronavirus lockdown, the sunflower grew up to the top of the family's home in Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, England.

Douglas Smith

Not only did the sunflower fullfill Stellan's demand of growing as tall as the house, it grew taller.

Douglas Smith

The sunflower is now 6.1 metres tall, making it the tallest in the UK. And Stellan seems pretty pleased with it.

Douglas Smith

Douglas reckons the plant may have another bit of growth in it yet.

Douglas Smith


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