Sunflower – a plant originating in America, has spread rapidly almost all over the world. And how would not anyone who does not like planting sunflowers along the fence or a gorgeous group in the corner of the garden?
This “little sun” is not only beautiful but also useful.
- Sunflower is relatively tolerant to high temperatures and drought, is resistant to insects and various diseases. The garden attracts bees and shriveled birds.
- Planting – loves the sun, so when choosing to pick a place that is for a long time in direct sunlight. It is ideal to sow the seeds directly into the soil after the last freezing. Smaller cultivars can be sown closer to each other.
- Soil – Roots need plenty of space and the plant will thrive in loose, well-permeable soil.
- Dressing – to handle any dry period, it needs plenty of water. If it’s dry, put one bigger dressing once a week
- Fertilization – When planting, add to the soil a compost that is rich in nutrients or a slow-release fertilizer with a lower nitrogen content.
- Opora – Higher cultivars need support, for example in the form of bamboo sticks, which keep them upright.
And why grow it?
Everybody knows the use of seeds and oil, but did you know that …
Seeds can also be used to produce flour, which contains a large amount of proteins, minerals and trace elements, is gluten-free and can serve as a substitute for almond flour. It can be baked out of bread or biscuits.
You can use sunflower petals as a natural yellow dye to paint some types of natural fibers – wool, cotton, linen or silk.
Sunflower oil can be one of the ingredients of home-made natural soaps, oils and candles and is also a suitable addition to moisturizing creams.
Add green leaves, for example, to a vegetable salad; you can also adjust them like spinach.
Stonek tastes like celery.
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