How to Grow Sunflowers
How to Plant Sunflowers
Sunflowers for Your Garden
Love sunflowers? Me too! The sunflower is a fascinating, very nutritious, and extremely easy to grow flower. Its actually the fastest growing giant among all flowers. Did you know that in just 8 weeks, it grows from a tiny seed in the ground to a towering, 10 foot tall flower?! They do all this with very little help from you, too. Learn all about fascinating sunflowers and how you can incorporate them into your life. From growing sunflower seeds from kits to harvesting, find out why you should add these sunny flowers to your garden.
Sunflower Facts - Truly Amazing Flowers Because
I absolutely adore sunflowers, to me they resemble giant daisies. There are about 60 species of sunflower, both annual and perennial, all of which do bloom in the late summer or fall. Most are native to North American, and they are widely cultivated throughout the world. The common sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is the state flower of Kansas.
When the sunflower plant is young, its head turns to face the sun each morning and follows the sun's movement throughout the day. Isn't that amazing!
With their huge yellow flowers, sunflowers even resemble the sun. The flower heads look like a single flower, but they are really many individual flowers. The central brown button is a dense mass of individual disc flowers, and the petals are actually flattened ray flowers. There are many varieties of sunflower, with coarse, hairy stems that range 2 to 12 feet tall. Flower heads can be anywhere from 2 inches to 1 foot across. There are varieties with double flowers, some even ball shaped. The miniature sunflowers are so cheerful and the giants are simply amazing.
Colors of sunflowers include yellow, gold, bronze, orange, and mahogany red. Center discs can be yellow, brown, reddish, or purple. I, of course, like them all.
Sunflower Growing Kit
You can grow a field of amazing sunflowers and not have a green thumb!The high quality flower seed included in this kit ensures that you'll get big beautiful sunflowers and it honestly couldn't be simpler.
Seasonal Tips for Growing Sunflowers - From Seed to Seed
Spring: Plant seeds directly into the ground as soon as danger of frost is past. Thin to avoid over crowding and keep area weed free.
Summer: Apply mulch to help conserve moisture and keep weeds down. Provide plenty of water and fertilize with a mild, organic fertilizer.
Fall: Harvest flower heads when you notice birds eating seeds. Hang in a dry, airy place for about a month to allow the sunflower seeds to dry.
Winter: Store seeds in an airtight container to preserve their vitamin content. Enjoy the sunflower seeds plain, roasted, or use them in salads or recipes.
Sunflowers can be grown in any region that has 80 to 120 days of warm sunshine. They are perfect plants for children's gardens, since they are so easy and fun to grow. Sunflowers do well in ordinary garden, although, the large flowered varieties prefer rich soil, lots of water, and mild, organic fertilizer. In spring, plant seed directly in the ground after frost danger has passed. Thin to avoid overcrowding; overcrowded plants tend to fall in heavy winds. For giant-sized heads, space plants 3 to 4 feet apart. For seed production, space more closely.
Harvesting Sunflowers - Getting Sunflower Seeds
How to Harvest Sunflowers
When you see birds begin to eat the sunflower seeds, the sunflowers are ready to harvest. Harvesting sunflowers usually takes place 80 to 120 days after sowing. To harvest sunflowers, cut off the heads, leaving 1 foot of stalk attached. Tie the sunflower stalks together and hang in a warm and airy place to dry. After about a month of drying, the sunflower seeds will come loose quite easily if you rub the heads lightly.
How To Roast Sunflower Seeds
Raw, mature sunflower seeds can easily be prepared at home by covering unshelled seeds with salted water (2 quarts of water to 1/4- to 1/2-cup of salt). Bring to a boil and simmer two hours or soak in a salt solution overnight. Drain and dry on absorbent paper.
Put sunflower seeds in a shallow pan in a 300-degree F oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Take out of oven and add one teaspoon of melted butter or margarine to one cup of seeds. Stir to coat. Put on an absorbent towel. Salt to taste.
Nutritional Value of Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds have always been a favorite food of birds. The American Indians were the first to grow them as meal source. Eating sunflower seeds is increasingly popular with people of today, and with very good reason. Sunflower seeds are very nutritious being made of 24% protein; they provide more iron than raisins and more B vitamins than wheat. They are also a very good source of phosphorus, thiamine, and niacin.
Most Fascinating Flower
We all have our favorite flowers, I know, but which flower do you find truly fascinating when you see it.
What Do You Think is the Most Fascinating Flower
Grow your own Sunflower Garden with this unique Blooms in a Bag Heirloom Mini Dwarf Sunflower Garden Kit.
Sunflower Seeds - Snack Mix
Sunflower Seeds for Eating
A mix of soft hulled seed bearing sunflowers that will keep you and the kids stocked with tasty, healthful sunflower seeds all season long. The sunflower snack mix is chosen from the latest and best varieties each year from over 3000 breeding lines of seeds.
Easier to eat, sunflower kernals are so yummy. They are available raw, oil roasted, salted, unsalted, or even honey roasted!
Add flavor to your sunflower seeds by adding your own personal choice of flavorings. You can opt to purchase them, too. Choose your favorite flavored sunflower seeds! Original salted, ranch, dell pickle, jalapeno hot pepper, or how about bacon sunflower seeds!
Growing, Crafting and Cooking with Sunflowers
Gardening Tips, Gardens and Crafts
Learn how to grow sunflowers indoors, view beautiful varieties and sunflower gardens, and learn how to make a flower craft.