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Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Dec 22, 2010


Hi Joseph Thats a great picture. I like the dew on the petals. Sunflowers seem to succeed in all sorts of climates. I even get them growing from seeds in the compost on my North Yorkshire allotment garden. This is a picture of some sunflowers i grew a couple of years ago. They are are called 'Teddy Bear', and the seed came from a kids packet of mixed sunflower seeds. Glenn
Brother Joseph - Your Digital Herbarium from tropical climes would be enlightening on KGI. Thank you for posting your camera data! Not to spoil your natural modesty :-) but you do capture the gesture of plants so well - your Sunflower looking into the sky reminded me of my dear E on Kauai. And the photographer of this Sunflower named it "Please! No photos!" - Mary Dineen on Glenn, I am sure it took me longer to resize these 2 photos than it took you to "reposition all the apples to hide the scabby parts!" It is very nice to see your Teddy Bear Sunflowers again!
As in all things Jessica. 'Practise makes Perfect'. The more you do something the easier it becomes. I think this is especially true with computers. Regards Glenn
Wow, those are nice. They almost look like Chrysanthemums. I'll probably try to grow those one day. Right now I have about 5 varieties I am testing one by one so as not to risk cross-pollination. As you say, Sunflowers are very easy to grow organicallly; perfect for kids and beginning gardeners. They grow fast and seem to resist most pests pretty well. The problem I had with my last crop in the tropics is that molds start growing in the seedheads before the seeds can fully develop. This is the "dry" season in Belize, so we'll see how the crop of "Drop Dead Red" I planted November 6 develops.
Do sunflower like dry "feet" or wet "feet"? Can other plants grow near them or should they be off to the side; Away from other plants?
Sunflowers seem to tolerate a wide variety of soil, moisture, and temperature differences. I try to keep all my planting beds evenly moist. Here in the tropics, I have grown them during the wet season and the dry season.The plant will tell you if it's getting too little or too much water.

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