It’s not hard to see why sunflowers have stood the test of time. They’re beautiful, uplifting, and sure to brighten anyone’s day.
When you think about sunflowers, your mind probably conjures up a thousand images. Maybe you imagine a gorgeous sunflower field that stretches further than the human eye can see (IG pic, anyone?) Perhaps you think of a quaint farm or the Wizard of Oz. Or maybe you think back to chomping on sunflower seeds during ball games with your dad.
Wherever your mind happens to wander to, we can pretty much guarantee that thinking about sunflowers brings you feelings of nostalgia, familiarity, and joy. Those cheery sunflower vibes are irresistible, after all.
Sunflowers aren’t just a bygone relic of Americana, either—they’re still in. Just take a look at Katy Perry’s controversial sunflower dress if you don’t believe us. There are no two ways around it, sunflowers are special, and if you ever get your hands on some, it’s vital you give them the attention they deserve.
Before we get into how to care for sunflower bouquets, let’s take a minute to dive into what exactly makes sunflowers so cool, including their exquisite appearance, rich background, and deep symbolism.
Sunflower Fun Facts
Sunflowers aren’t just cute looks and zero substance. Their beauty and usefulness stand on their own. We’ll prove it! Here are ten can’t-miss facts about sunflowers:
- Sunflowers—like tomatoes, potatoes, and corn—are native to the Americas and were domesticated over 3,000 years ago.
- Sunflowers can range from 6 inches to 12 feet tall. The tallest sunflower ever was over 30 feet tall.
- Each sunflower is actually thousands of tiny flowers.
- Each sunflower contains 1,000 to 2,000 seeds.
- Sunflowers have a curved neck, and during their early life, they track the sun as it moves from east to west across the sky—a process called heliotropism.
- Millions of sunflowers were planted to heal the soil in the aftermath of the radiation leak at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
- Not all sunflowers are yellow. Some varieties have striped petals and differently shaded buds.
- The head of a sunflower is so tough and durable it can be used as a natural scrubbing tool.
- The petals of a sunflower are actually called rays, you know…like sun rays.
- Sunflower oil is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin D, calcium, and iron. And in the past, it was used to soften leather, condition hair, heal wounds, and as cooking oil.
The sunflower’s scientific name is helianthus—which comes from the Greek word “helios,” meaning sun and “anthos,” meaning flower. As you probably already guessed, sunflowers not only resemble the sun but carry much of the same symbolism, such as warmth, power, positivity, harvest, bounty, and rebirth.
Native Americans were known to place sunflower seeds on the graves of the dead. The Incan Empire was said to worship sunflowers, and Incan priestesses wore them on their robes. In China, the sunflower is a symbol of good luck, while in Victorian times it was seen as a representation of gratitude. In Greek mythology, the sunflower is a sign of adoration.
A sunflower’s meaning can also change depending on its specific color:
- Yellow sunflowers symbolize happiness, a long life, friendship, vitality, and intelligence.
- Cream and white sunflowers represent innocence.
- Orange and red sunflowers signify strength, positivity, and passion.
- Brown sunflowers symbolize loyalty.
How to Care for Sunflower Bouquets
With a few exceptions, taking care of a cut sunflower in your home is very similar to any other flower. If you follow the steps below, you’ll no doubt be able to give your lovely new sunflowers a full and happy life in their new home. If you follow all the instructions on how to care for sunflower bouquets, you can expect your sunflowers to last between 6-8 days.
- Expose to sunlight. If there is one thing we can tell you about sunflowers, it’s that they love, love, love sunshine. Once you receive your sunflower Bouq, it’s vital that you expose the unopened buds to sunlight. But don’t leave them in exposed sunlight for too long or they’ll end up super dehydrated.
- Fill a vase. Once your sunflowers have started to bloom, it’s time to get those beauts and all their yellow glory into a vase. So grab a tall vase and clean it with hot water and soap. Then fill with warm water. But don’t put them in quite yet. There’s still a little bit of housekeeping to take care of!
- Cut stems. Next, use a sharp pair of garden shears to trim off one inch of the bottom of the sunflower’s stem at a 45-degree angle while holding it under room temperature water. This will allow your sunflower to absorb water with ease.
- Get rid of excess foliage. Before sticking your sunflowers in the vase, remove any leaves that would rest under the waterline. Those little guys can introduce harmful bacteria to your vase and leave your sunflower feeling under the weather. Don’t let that happen.
- Time for a swim. You heard us! Put those darlings in the vase and let them soak up all that delicious H2O.
- Give them nutrients. If you want to give your sunflower a full life, it’s advisable to give them a much-needed nutritional boost. This means tossing the flower food that comes with your Bouq into the vase. You also might want to drop a teaspoon of bleach in there as well to fight off any pesky bacteria.
- Find the perfect home. Okay, so you’ve got your water-filled vase adorned with stunning sunflowers. Great! But, don’t get too ahead of yourself. Now is the time to find them the optimal spot to showcase their beauty. Of course, this means picking a place where they’ll wow your guests and add joyous vibes to your casa. But also make sure your sunflowers are away from any hot or cool drafts, fruit, and direct sunlight. Take our word for it; they’re not big fans.
- Recondition every day. Sunflowers require a bit more attention and care than other flowers. This means you should re-trim their stems and change their water every day, rather than the typical 2-3 days. They’ll love you for it!
So there you have it! Now that you know how to care for sunflower bouquets, all you have to do now is grab a sunflower Bouq for yourself. See ya at The Bouqs Co.!Shop All