Coagh school-girl grows 9ft 2 sunflower from seed

Jessica Leigh with the 9ft 2 sumflower she grew from seed

Jessica Leigh with the 9ft 2 sumflower she grew from seed

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A Coagh school-girl who took part in a class project to grow a sunflower has managed to produce a magnificent flower, an impressive 9ft 2inches tall.

Nine-year-old Jessica Leigh first planted her sunflower as a mere seed with her school teacher Miss Black at Stewartstown Primary School.

Jacqui and Tony Leigh’s green-fingered daughter then brought the flower home at the end of June and they planted it in the back garden at their home on Urbal Road, Coagh.

When Jessica first brought the sunflower seedling home, her mum Jacqui told the Mail it was just three to four inches tall.

Following a warm summer in a good spot in the garden, the sunflower shot up and blossomed, finishing its growth spurt at over nine feet.

So proud of their daughter’s efforts, Jessica’s mum, dad and family have congratulated her on a job well done.

“Well done Jessica,” they said.