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What makes the sunflower a special crop

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  • The sunflower can grow from 3-18m feet tall.
  • It requires 90 to 100 days to grow.
  • A single sunflower can have up to 2,000 seeds.
  • Growing sunflowers is a great way to attract birds to your yard.
  • More than 60 varieties of sunflowers can be found in the world. The commonest is the bright yellow one.
  • A sunflower head is made up of 1,000 to 2,000 individual flowers that are joined together to a base. The large petals that are found around the edge of a sunflower are individual ray flowers, these do not develop into seeds.
  • A domesticated sunflower has a single-stem and a large seed head. This is in contrast to the wild variety that is highly branched with small heads and seeds.
  • The distinguishing quality of the sunflower is that its flowering head tracks the sun’s movement. This occurrence is known as “heliotropism.”
  • Sunflower seeds are used to produce numerous things like cooking oil, medicine, paint, animal feed and biodiesel.
  • In the last few years, a new form of low-pollen sunflower has been created. This method will not only help reduce the risk of asthma for pollen suffers, but also increase the life of the flower itself.
  • The tallest sunflower was grown in the Netherlands by M. Heijmf in 1986.
  • Kansas city has been nicknamed “The Sunflower State.”
  • The Bonsai technique was used to make the shortest mature sunflower record. The sunflower was grown and was just over 2m tall.

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