When you are asked to think of sunflowers, thousands of images arise. Some think of the countryside, others of endless bright fields, and still others of the sweet taste of the seeds. But one thing is constant: all cut-out sunflowers evoke a pleasant feeling of nostalgia, joy, and warmth. 

Today, florists increasingly use decorative varieties of sunflowers for decoration in colorful ensembles. They are given to graduates of schools and universities on September 1, on birthdays, and even for no reason. But how to take care of sunflowers, so they are happy with their appearance and stay fresh and healthy for a long time?

In this blog article, we decided to reveal the secret of how to make sunflowers last longer and add a little brightness and smiles to your mood daily.

 

Sunflowers Are From North America

The sunflower gets its name because it resembles the sun with its large yellow head that repeats the sun's movement across the sky during the day. 

The plant is native to North America, where Native Americans used all parts of it, including the seeds, petals, and stems. The seeds were roasted and eaten or ground into flour for bread. Sunflower oil was used to make soap, and the crushed petals were used as a dye for clothing.

Although sunflowers are found worldwide, they still hold a special place in Native American culture. In many tribes, the sunflower symbolizes long life and good fortune. It is also the symbol of the state of Kansas.

 

How to Make Sunflowers Last Longer 

Judging by the generally accepted rules, caring for a cut sunflower bouquet is not complicated and, with some exceptions, resembles the usual care of any flower. It is all because sunflowers are entirely unpretentious and can stand for a long time in a vase, even without changing water. 

How to Make Sunflowers Last Longer

But there are a few secrets to how to make sunflowers last longer. If you follow the instructions below, your sunflowers will delight you with their freshness and beauty for a long time. In general, you can expect your sunflowers to live for five to seven days, and with proper caring for sunflowers, this can be a more extended period. And that makes them the perfect candidate for your choice.

And so, here are our tips:

 

Give a Lot of Sunshine

Give a Lot of Sunshine

For your cut-out sunflowers to last longer, you must give them plenty of sunlight. The more sun they get, the better they feel and the longer they will last. 

So if you can put them in a bright spot near a window, that would be ideal. Remember to rotate the vase from time to time so that all the sunflowers get equal sunlight.

 

Keep Sunflowers in a Vase

Keep Sunflowers in a Vase

 

For sunflowers to live as long as possible, keep them in a vase of cool water. You should change the water every three to five days. And if the water in the vase gets cloudy, change it immediately.

The water will help the flowers to get enough liquid and not wilt.

 

Cut Stems

Cut Stems

 

To ensure your sunflowers get the maximum water in the vase, trim the stems at a 45-degree angle under the water. It will allow the sunflower to absorb more water and stay fresh longer.

 

 

Add Flower Food

Add Flower Food

 

We recommend adding flower food to the vase water because the sunflowers will get more valuable elements. And in addition, the flower food will help the sunflower absorb more water.

 

 

Keep Sunflowers Cool

Keep Sunflowers Cool

 

Caring for sunflowers and having them last as long as possible, you need to keep them cool. The ideal temperature for sunflowers is between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. So if you can keep them in a cool place, that would be ideal.

 

 

Pinch Off Dead Flowers

Pinch Off Dead Flowers

 

To make sunflowers last even longer, pluck the wilted flowers as soon as they begin to wilt. It will allow the sunflowers to channel their energy into producing new flowers, which will last longer.

 

 

Read 10 interesting facts about sunflowers in our other article. 

 

Varieties of Sunflowers

Varieties of Sunflowers

While all cut-out sunflowers are beautiful, there is a wide variety of sunflower species with different colors and sizes. Yes, imagine there are more than just yellow-cut sunflowers.

Some sunflowers can be pink, red, or even white (an albino sunflower, we guess). Others have giant heads that can reach 12 inches in diameter. And others have several small heads on a single stem. Here are some of the most popular sunflower varieties:

 

Dwarf Sunflowers

Dwarf Sunflowers

 

If you want to include sunflowers in your bouquet but have a small room, dwarf sunflowers are a terrific option. These sunflowers barely reach a height of 18 inches. They are available in various hues, including orange, red, and yellow.

 

 

Giant Sunflowers

Giant Sunflowers

As the name implies, giant sunflowers can grow very large. Some sunflower varieties can reach a height of 15 feet or more, making it difficult to put them in a vase. And the diameter of such a flower head can be up to 12 inches wide. 

Giant sunflowers are perfect if you want to make a statement with your sunflower bouquet. 

 

Teddy Bear Sunflower

Teddy Bear Sunflower

Teddy bear sunflowers get their name from their fuzzy heads, resembling a teddy bear's fur. These sunflowers are relatively small, only growing to be about 24 inches tall. 

But they make up for their size with their adorable appearance. Teddy bear sunflowers are sure to bring a smile to anyone's face.

 

Russian Mammoth Sunflower

Russian Mammoth Sunflower

Russian mammoth sunflowers are one of the tallest sunflower varieties, reaching 15 feet or more. But they are not just tall but also massive, with flower heads up to 12 inches wide. 

Russian mammoth sunflowers are perfect if you want to make an impact with your sunflower bouquet.

 

Lemon Queen Sunflower

Lemon Queen Sunflower

 

Lemon Queen sunflowers have a beautiful yellow color and lemon scent. These sunflowers only grow up to 36 inches tall, making them a good choice for bouquets. Caring for these sunflowers is just as easy, but this look will surely add elegance to your sunflower bouquet.

 

Autumn Beauty Sunflower

Autumn Beauty Sunflower

 

Autumn Beauty sunflowers are a type of dwarf sunflower, only growing up to 18 inches tall. But what they lack in height, they make up for in beauty. These sunflowers have large, orange-red flowers that are perfect for fall bouquets.

 

 

Cherry Basket Sunflower

Cherry Basket Sunflower

 

The Cherry Basket sunflower is a miniature sunflower with multiple heads on one stem. The flower heads are about 3 inches in diameter and have a deep yellow color with brownish-red stripes.

 

 

Bottom Line 

Despite many options, Rosaholics is always ready to help you with the difficult choice. In our store, you will find a few perfect sunflower bouquets to present to someone. Also, we hope you like our article on taking care of your sunflower bouquet, so it lasts as long as possible. Be sure to check it out!

 

FAQs

How long does a bouquet of sunflowers last without water?

A bouquet of sunflowers will survive no more than three days without water. It's better to make them in the water.

What is the rarest sunflower?

The rarest sunflower is an albino sunflower. These sunflowers are entirely white and are very rare.

How do you keep sunflower heads from drooping?

Adding a penny to the water can keep sunflower heads from drooping. The penny will help the sunflowers stay hydrated and prevent the authorities from drooping.

Where are sunflowers naturally found?
November 04, 2022 — Alexandr Oleynik