A dad grew a sunflower taller than his house after his 4-year-old son asked him to

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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 20 foot 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.

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

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Before long, the plant was taller than Stellan.

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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.

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Douglas had bought the seed from John Butler, who grew North America’s tallest sunflower at over 26ft 8ins, according to The Sun.

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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.

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

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The sunflower is now 20 feet tall, making it the tallest in the UK. And Stellan seems pretty pleased with it.

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Douglas reckons the plant may have another inch or two in it yet.

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