A handsome Japanese heirloom. Single headed, sturdy 5-6′ tall plants. Great for cutting, remember to cut the head right before they open. Uniformly shaped 10-12″ heads. If left in the garden to full maturity.
A handsome Japanese heirloom. Single headed, sturdy 5-6′ tall plants. Great for cutting, remember to cut the head right before they open. Uniformly shaped 10-12″ heads. If left in the garden to full maturity, you will be rewarded with an abundance of edible seeds that can be roasted. Blooms starting at 70 days.
Sunflowers are sun worshipers that grow best in spots that get six to eight hours of direct sun per day. They have long tap roots that need to go several feet into the ground. So sunflower plants prefer loose, well-drained, somewhat alkaline soil with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. Sunflowers are heavy feeders, so they’ll be healthiest and generate the most blooms in nutrient-rich soil that has had compost or other organic matter mixed into it. Growing sunflowers in pots is possible if you choose a smaller variety, like “Short Stuff” or “Teddy Bear.” Be sure the pot is deep enough to accommodate their tap root. Otherwise, a gust of wind could tip them over.
Preserving And Storing Taiyo
If you’re saving the seeds to re-plant, store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant. Label the container with the variety and the date you harvested. The seed will last for years if stored this way. Allow the seeds to dry for several hours or overnight before storing
Taiyo Sunflower Uses
Taiyo sunflower is valuable from an economic as well as from an ornamental point of view. The leaves are used as fodder, the flowers yield a yellow dye, and the seeds contain oil and are used for food. The sweet yellow oil obtained by compression of the seeds is considered equal to olive or almond oil for table use. Sunflower oil cake is used for stock and poultry feeding.
Sunflower seeds come from the large flower heads of the sunflower plant. The edible variety has a mild, nutty flavor. Sunflower seeds are excellent sources of several nutrients — including vitamin E and selenium — and beneficial plant compounds that can help prevent chronic diseases. Sunflower seeds contain nutrients and plant compounds that help reduce your risk of inflammation, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
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