– Each sunflower is made up of thousands of tiny flowers (as many as 2,000 individual flowers make up the signature sunflower bloom)
– Sunflowers should be harvested in the morning (they may wilt if harvested later in the day)
– Sunflowers were domesticated around 1,000 B.C. and are native to the Americas (though there is evidence the plant was cultivated by Native Americans as early as 3,000 B.C. – https://www.thespruce.com/fun-facts-about-sunflowers-3972329)
– Sunflowers are harvested for their seeds, which can be eaten or made into an oil
– A dried sunflower can be used as a unique birdfeeder
– There are approximately 70 species of sunflower (their genus name is Helianthus, which is derived from the Greek words for “sun” and “flower”
– Sunflowers will literally seek out and face the sun in their bud phase (called heliotropism)
– The tallest sunflower recorded was 30-feet and 1-inch, and was grown in Germany
– Sunflowers can be good at absorbing some toxins from the air
Tips for growing sunflowers:
– Sunflowers need full sun
– Use a slow acting fertilizer (they can grow up to six feet in just three months)
– They need regular watering (in the summer, a good rule of thumb is every other day)
– Shield them from the wind
– Plant them in soil that can drain
– When harvesting the sunflowers, do it in the morning and cut the stem at an angle. You’ll know they’re ready to harvest once the heads starts to droop and the seeds are drying up and turning brown
– To prepare sunflower seeds to eat: soak them in water and salt overnight; bake in a 200-250 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30-40 minutes, until golden brown
– Sunflowers require full sun and well-drained soil to thrive
– To protect them from birds, a mesh bag or nylon stocking can be used to cover the bloom
– The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine
– Sunflowers are very attractive to bees
– Sunflowers typically reach between 5 and 12 feet in height, and can reach full height in as little as six months
– Sunflower is the only flower with “flower” right in its name
– Sunflowers are called soniashnyk in Ukrainian
– They’ve been grown in Ukraine since the mid-18th century
– Sunflowers have long been used as a symbol of peace in the country: in 1996, U.S., Russian, and Ukrainian defense ministers planted sunflowers to mark Ukraine giving up nuclear weapons
– In Greek mythology, there is a story of a water nymph who was devoted to the sun god, Apollo. He paid her no notice, and out of compassion the other gods turned her into a sunflower, which is why the face of the sunflower is always following the sun
– The sunflower figured prominently in some Native American harvest festivals, thus “elevating sunflower symbolism to include harvest, bounty and provision”
– Sunflowers are both beautiful to behold, and functional, as they provide seeds we can eat, useful oil, dye (from the petals), and stalk pith, which can be used to make paper
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Reitman was born in Komarno, Czechoslovakia, in 1946 where his father owned the country’s biggest vinegar factory. His mother had survived Auschwitz and his father was in the resistance. When the communists began imprisoning capitalists after the war, the Reitmans decided to escape, when Ivan was only four. They travelled in the nailed-down hold of a barge headed for Vienna.
He studied music and drama at McMaster University in Hamilton, and began making movie shorts.
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