Sunflower Secrets

There are many types of sunflowers and they range in sizes as well. From small to large, yellow to red, there is more then meets the eye when talking about beautiful sunflowers. Sunflowers are known as a happy flower and their sunny faces are guaranteed to bring joy to whomever gets the pleasure of enjoying them. They are one of the brightest stars in a garden and have been around for many years.

Sunflower Facts

  • Sunflowers have Greek origins and their botanical name Helianthus comes from the Greek words for sun and flower.
  • Sunflowers don’t actually follow the sun. Though, their flowers move to follow the sun’s arc across the sky each day when in bud phase, most stop by the time they flower.
  • The record for the tallest sunflower is 30 feet high. This was grown by Hans-Peter Schiffer in Germany in August 2014. He previously held the Guinness Record twice for tallest sunflower.
  • Sunflowers are the flower for a third wedding anniversary. Sunflowers symbolize loyalty and longevity. Like a marriage in its third year, the sunflower relies on its stalk for a strong foundation and its petals are vibrant and passionate.
  • A single sunflower head can hold up to 2000 seeds! These seeds are great sources of several nutrients, especially vitamin E and selenium.
  • There are about 70 different species of Sunflowers. They come in all different colors — including bright yellow, copper, red, brown, orange and even beautifully bi-colored.
  • Sunflowers bring all things good! It’s no wonder why many cultures look to sunflowers for meaning, finding positivity and strength in the bold flowers that face the sun. In China, they symbolize good fortune, vitality, intelligence and happiness. Other meanings include joy, focus, healing, and warmth.

Sunflower Decor:

In autumn, when days grow shorter, why not bring the sunshine indoors?The warm colors immediately add brightness and warmth to any room. Whether you add a vase full of sunflowers to your living room, or one stem by the kitchen sink, they will brighten your day immeasurably. 416-Flowers has a great selection of beautiful sunflower arrangements to choose from!

Sunflower Care:

When cutting fresh sunflowers, it’s best to cut early in the morning, before they open fully and when they are fully hydrated.  Have you received sunflowers by delivery?  Check the water level in the vase is at least ¾ full of cool water and add the packet of flower food included. Remove any leaves that will be underwater and use pruning shears to give them a fresh cut – one inch off the base of the stems. Put them right back into the water. Refresh the water and give them a fresh cut every three days to extend the their vase life.

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