Amazing facts about the sunny sunflower
The sunflower is a real American! Surprisingly, his homeland is North America, where he was cultivated for 2000 years !! Archaeologists claim that the sunflower was cultivated earlier than the wheat itself, just think. But the sunflower was brought to Russia on the ship of Peter I from distant Holland.
By the way, the Latin name for a sunflower is translated as "sun flower". And this is not an accident at all! People noticed that the stems and leaves of this plant grow, as it were, towards the sun (scientists call this feature "heliotropy"). But this is not casual, the tissues of this plant contain the hormone auxin (this phytohormone stimulates growth and development due to sunlight) ...
It is thanks to its "solar glory" that in most countries of the world the sunflower is unbuttoned as a symbol of peace, joy and happiness. The bright color of the leaves of the flower in ancient times was also associated with the good intentions of the Lord in relation to humanity, they admired this plant and composed tales and legends about it.
Do you have your own bee apiary? Great, because the sunflower is one of the most melliferous plants! But that's not all, because sunflowers have many medicinal properties, for example, sunflower seeds are used to prevent cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and atherosclerosis. And the taste and smell are distinguished by their tenderness. It is also worth mentioning the fact that the plant has a record glucose content.
Sunflower: care rules
I think you are already on fire with the desire to get your own sunflower or several in your garden. We will delight you with the fact that the sunflower is not whimsical at all in its content, it is not afraid of drought and spring frosts. In general, a sunflower can be called a real glutton, an annual plant, but we do not recommend planting it in the same place, since a sunflower absorbs a lot of nutrients, the earth after it is really depleted. The sunflower loves fertile lands and does not tolerate sour or salty.
We also advise you to prepare the seeds before planting by pre-dressing them with special substances. When the seeds are ready, make several nests in the ground (as many as you need), then place 2-3 seeds in each of the nests. Important: depending on the variety, the borer between the nests can vary from 15-40 centimeters!
It is enough to water the plant once a day if possible, it is advisable to do regular potassium dressings to increase the rate of growth and development and prevent depletion of the land after planting a sunflower.