Posted on Feb 16, 2008 | Comments 0
Are you interested in gardening? You can grow sunflower plants that give a good look for your garden.
If you are a farmer, than you can cultivate sunflower plant crop because it is interesting to grow.
Sunflowers are some of the most enjoyable and easiest flowers to grow. Both adults and children love them.
The wild sunflower is native to North America but commercialization of the plant took place in Russia. Recently, sunflower became a cultivated crop in North America. Sunflower plant seeds are given a better preference because of their various uses.
You may be aware that it was the American Indian first domesticated that plant into single headed plant with a variety of seed colors including black, white, red and black striped.
Several uses of sunflower plant seed
Sunflower was a common crop among American Indian tribes through out North America. Sunflower was used in many throughout the various Indian tribes. You can cultivate sunflower and have various profits.
Plant seed was ground or pounded into flour for cakes, mush or bread. The seeds are also used for snack purpose and seeds are squeezed to prepare oil and this oil is used as cooking oil.
You can use these seeds even in non-food uses like purple dye for textiles, body painting and other decorations. The plant seed oil is also used on the skin and hair.
You must also be aware that the parts of the plant were used medicinally ranging from snake bite to other body ointments. These plant seeds and flowers are widely used in ceremonies.
Few guidelines to grow sunflower
It is very important to carefully consider the types of sunflowers you determine to grow and where and how you intend to grow them.
You must be conscious about sunflowers heads that tend to follow the predominate direction of the sun. Well, fence the line where you have planted in your garden and see to that it is located in the east section of your lot.
You have to carefully select the seeds you need by reading all the information on the seed packs. Pay attention to the height of the plants, the time of the bloom, and the type of flowers.
You have to consider whether you are planting for cut flowers or planting to harvest and roast seeds for eating. Even if you want to plant sunflowers in pots or in your garden, seeds for every type of planting are readily available.
Sunflower plant seeds are available in a number of varieties at most local garden nurseries. If you do not have nurseries then mail order seed and plant catalogs are always a good choice for finding the seeds or plants you need.
Sunflower plants are like any other plant. The better the soil is, the more heartier and robust the plant. Sunflowers do well in many different soil conditions. Soils that drain well and contain a lot of mulch will be the best for sunflower plants.
You have to plant sunflower plant seeds direct to the sun because sunflowers like and need plenty of sunlight. Full sun is recommended for the better part of the day to grow strong healthy sunflowers.
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