Sunflowers, (real name Helianthus), are a genus of the Asteraceae family and are native to North America. Sunflowers are cultivated in Europe these days for the cut flower market, food and the production of oil.
Helianthus common name ‘sunflower’ is because the large yellow flower heads resemble the sun and the flowers twist to follow the sun from east to west during the day time.
Van Gogh is famous for his painting of sunflowers from 1888 in Arles, France. You will notice below a commercially available sunflower called 'Vincents Choice'.
Sunflowers are available as a cut flower in the wholesale flower markets and are sold in wraps of 10 stems. There are many choices of sunflowers available these days and include some nice miniature varieties. The Stems lengths typically vary from 55cm – 90cm depending on the grade required.
Sunflowers are generally thought of as a ‘happy flower’ and will never fail to bring cheer however they are displayed! Because of this, many wedding flower projects focus on using 100's of sunflowers and few other cut flowers & foliages.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut sunflowers please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Strip the lower foliage from the stems.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water.
- DO NOT USE FLOWER FOOD - Sunflowers do not like it!
- Place the sunflowers in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
- It is advisable not to condition Sunflowers in galvanised buckets
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the sunflowers in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.