SUNFLOWERS

Facts

  • they're scientific name is none as Helianthus annus
  • used for their edible oil and edible fruit
  • first domesticated in Mexico around 2600 BC
  • brought to the US about 5000 years ago
  • State flower of Kansas

Threats

  • Fusarium- A fungi that causes sunflowers to welt away
  • downy mildew- when shallow planting is done in moist soaked earth or soil, it increases the chance of this mildew.

How to Grow

  • harvest the seeds, wait for them to get ripe
  • cut the head off the plant
  • to protect the seed from birds , cover the flowers with fabric.
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