Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty and longevity. Much of the meaning of sunflowers derives from its namesake, the sun itself. These flowers are quite unique in that they have the ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrancy—attributes which mirror the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light.
Sunflowers are known for being “happy” flowers, making them the perfect gift to bring joy to someone’s (or your) day.
They come in a number of varieties—ranging from small to very large, from having yellow petals to red. However, there is more to sunflowers than meets the eye. While they are stunningly beautiful, they also are rich in history and meaning. Sunflowers are native to North and South America and symbolize loyalty, best wishes and pride.
Here are some varieties we have available:
The plant has a thick, hairy, erect stem which gives rise to a large flower head. The plant has large, broad lower leaves which are oval and arranged alternately on the stem and smaller, narrower upper leaves which are attached individually to the stem. The flower head is a large disc reaching 10–30 cm (4–12 in) in diameter which is made up of 16–30 individual florets which are yellow-gold in color. The outer florets are sterile and produce the outer petals of the flower head, while the inner florets will mature into the seeds in the central disc. Sunflowers are annual plants, harvested after one growing season and can reach 1–3.5 m (3.3–11.5 ft) in height. Sunflower may also be referred to as girasole and originates from North America.
Types of Sunflowers
Tall Perennial Sunflowers, Short Perennial Sunflowers, Tall Annual Sunflowers, Short Annual Sunflowers
Important Facts about Sunflowers
- The stem of a sunflower can grow up to 3 m (10 ft) tall and the flower head can be 30 cm (11.8 in) wide.
- As of 2012, the Guinness World Record for the tallest sunflower is 8.23 m (27 ft) for a sunflower grown in Germany.
- The sunflower is native to the America’s and was used extensively by Native American Indians for food, as oil, in bread, medical ointments, dyes and body paints.
- Sunflowers are a great choice for planting to attract birds to your yard.
- It require only 90 to 100 days from planting to maturity.
- Sunflower plants can be from 3 to 18 feet tall.
- There are more than sixty different kinds of sunflowers in the U.S.
Sunflower Care and Handling
Your fresh Sunflowers will need to be hydrated upon arrival. Unpack flowers as soon as you receive them and cut about one inch of the stem at an angle under water
(with a sharp knife NOT scissors). Remove foliage that could fall under water to avoid bacteria to build up and place your sunflowers in clean, fresh water.
Periodic use of warm water and sunlight will help to open the sunflower blooms to open over time. Add floral preservative if desired though not necessary. If your sunflowers are not going to be arranged immediately, keep them indoors with air conditioning. Trim your stems, replace your water and change out the floral preservative every other day to promote vase life and freshness.
If your Sunflowers still are not opening after 24 hours in water, please contact us so we can provide you with tips to accelerate the opening process. WholeBlossoms.com will not refund or reship sunflowers that do not open or that arrive crooked since Sunflowers bend looking for light and it is normal that some stems tend to bend on this kind of wholesale flower.
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