Normally, we see sunflower plants with single large flowers. Well, we have discovered that you can induce sunflower plants to produce several flowers not just at the tip of the plant but all along its main stem from the bottom. We have seen several such plants showcased at the recent Field Day of Allied Botanical Corporation in its experimental farm in Tayug, Pangasinan.
The technique is simple enough, according to Rowena Bienes, an agriculturist and senior staff of Allied Botanical. The plant will produce those multiple flowers when it is subjected to stress, which could be by transplanting the plant late or over-aged.
And what good is a sunflower with lots of flowers? Well, Rowena says, you can cut the top 12 to 15 inches of the crown, put an appropriate ribbon and Voila! You have a pretty bouquet!