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Benefits Of Growing Sunflowers

Updated on April 3, 2013

A Fun Flower To Grow Sunflowers

Sunflowers are a great plant to be growing and one that holds many benefits for people even if they do not realize it. Once a person is aware of all the benefits of growing Sunflowers though they will see why so many people enjoy them. The problem is that many people will only view them as a flower and nothing more than that, but here are some of the things that I have discovered by having sunflowers of my own and I thought that it would be a good time to share it with everyone. Then you can start to enjoy the fun of having these beautiful plants growing in your yard and know they are serving more then just a basic purpose.

Sunflowers are a thing of beauty. However, what you may not realize is you will want to find some beautiful sunflower items. Here is a wide selection of Sunflower products available from Amazon, including some seeds, a vase, and even a book on how to grow some beautiful sunflowers. 

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (Newly Expanded Paperback Edition) [Paperback]

Beautiful Porcelain 6"H Sunflower Vase Beautiful Floral Vase

100 Seeds, Sunflower "Crazy Mix" (10+ Varieties) Seeds by Seed Needs

SUNFLOWERS For Women By ELIZABETH ARDEN Eau de Toilette Spray

Don't Throw It, Grow It!: 68 windowsill plants from kitchen scraps [Paperback]

Mammoth Russian Sunflower 30 + Organic Seeds -By Seeds and Things

These Flower Help Lower Room Temperatures

When your home is bathed in sunlight most of the time you can realize that the house can get really warm. In fact it may get so warm that you cannot stand to stay in any of the rooms. I know that my sons bedrooms during the summer months was in direct sunlight almost the entire day and when he went to bed even with the air cranking his room would be at a balmy eighty to eighty five. That is when I knew that I had to do something because he could not stand the heat and in fact he would get very sick if he did.

Well that is when I decided that I would try to plant something outside of his windows on his part of the house. Well, I tried to figure out what would work best and knew that plants that had vines would not work because that could let ants get straight into my home. However, I had to do something. That is when I thought about sunflowers, I knew that they grew really tall and would cover his windows up. The one surprising thing that I found was they actually grew tall enough to protect most of his wall as well. That was a great thing to see because the next time that I went into his room after they reached the proper height and could tell the difference in the room temperature right away. I actually had a thermometer in his room and when I looked I was absolutely shocked because the temperature had dropped about fifteen degrees! So that is the first benefit that I found about having sunflowers growing at my home.

Attracts Some Beautiful Birds

If you are like me then you love seeing the birds come into the yard at any given point in time. Now the problem that I was running into is lack of trees which is why my sons room was so warm. However, with that lack of trees came quite a bit of open space to grow other flowers and that in. That is when I realized that the sunflowers that I planted next to my sons room were attracting more in the way of birds than any of my other flowers combined. Then I realized that they were eating the sunflowers straight out of the plant which I was not happy about, but it was free feed for them and I got to admire them.

They Can Provide Free Bird Seed

For some people like me that has pet birds seed can be expensive and if you feed wild birds in the middle of winter it can be even more costly. However, by growing my own sunflowers I have noticed that the cost of my birdseed for my pet birds had dropped drastically and I know that if I increase the number that I grow next year the amount that I have to spend on wild bird seed will be even lower as well. Now I will warn you if you plan on giving the seeds to birds of any type try to avoid any type of pesticide. Also if you plan on feeding them to your pet birds I always bake mine in the over for a few minutes first and let them cool off before giving them to your birds.

Sunflowers Reap Many Benefits

Sunflowers are a plant that is common in most areas, but you may not realize all the benefits that they can afford a person. Once you know about all the benefits that are present by having them growing in your own yard you can see just why they are so wildly popular. Then after you understand exactly why they are so wildly popular you can start to grow them yourself to enjoy these same benefits and more of the benefits that can be found.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Did you put the seeds straight into the ground or start them in pots? I have some seeds but am not sure how to start them off. the pack says direct but would prefer to put in pots. Thanks

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I remember growing sunflowers as a child. I loved the fact that they got so big and you could see the difference in size almost every day. I'm going to have to do the same with my daughter.

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      MaureenCee 5 years ago

      Sunflowers are lovely but birds get addicted to them and wont eat anything else and end up having the same problems we humans have with fats that aren't good for us. I love sunflower seeds and the look of a paddock full of them is absolutely magnificent.

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      MirceaFlorea 5 years ago

      My grandmother used to have sunflowers in her garden when I was little. I remembered I always loved eating the seeds.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sunflowers Bring in the Bees

      Sunflowers are a good addition to any vegetable garden because that attract bees and other pollinators that will maximize your harvest yield. They also bring in birds which will eat harmful worms and pests to your garden.