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Flower Spotlight: Sunflowers

written by Marina Strong October 17, 2014

Nothing say Fall more than cozy sweaters, cool crisp air, the changing of colors, and sunflowers. Yup, Sunflowers. Now, sunflowers are great for Summer weddings too, but there is just something so perfect about sunflowers in the Fall. Maybe it’s because their bright yellow petals and deep brown centers blend beautifully with the rich colors of the season or maybe it’s because they remind us of the sun and we are still trying to hang on to every last ounce of sunshine before the winter comes… whatever it is, there’s no denying that sunflowers are fit for Fall. 

Known for following the sun across the sky, the sunflower is said to symbolize loyalty and admiration and they are a sign of positivity, happiness and hope. Sunflowers come in several different varieties, from traditional to teddy bear. We even offer red tinted sunflowers, and, if you saw yesterday’s blog post on Rich Fall Reds, you know red is a fierce Fall color! But enough with the talk…Check out the Sunflower Wedding Inspiration below to see for yourself why sunflowers are so sensational…

Sunflower Wedding Inspiration

Sunflower Wedding Inspiration

[Sources: Sunflower Bridal Bouquet, Flower Girl Bouquet, Sunflower Bridesmaids Bouquets, Fall Sunflower Bouquet, Simply Sunflowers Centerpiece, Sunflower Aisle Decor, Rustic Sunflower Wedding Cake, Sunflower Chair Decor.]

Sunflowers can be used alone or combined with just about any other flowers and greens. For a Fall look, try combining with other Fall favorites such as Dahlias, Craspedia Billy Balls, Solidago or Hanging Amaranthus. To see how FiftyFlowers Brides have used their wholesale sunflowers from FiftyFlowers.com, click here.

While most of the sunflowers we offer are available year round, certain varieties are seasonal. You can see all the varieties we have to offer here. To care for your sunflowers, just follow these steps…

  1. Open your box of flowers and inspect. If upon first inspection, you foresee a problem with your flowers, call us immediately at 1-877-507-6737. However, it is absolutely NORMAL for your flowers to appear sleepy and thirsty after their journey.
  2. Ensure that your flower buckets are clean and disinfected.
  3. Fill the buckets with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water. If you have flower food follow the instructions on the packet to prepare your water.
  4. Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps.
  5. Remove any plastic or paper packaging from each bunch of flowers. Your sunflowers may come with netting around each individual bloom, you can leave these on for the first 4-12 hours while hydrating, but then remove to let them bloom open.
  6. Cut stems diagonally under running water with sharp scissors about 1-2 inches from the bottom of the stem.
  7. Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared buckets.
  8. Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Flowers may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate.
  9. Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat.
  10. Change water every 24 hours to keep flowers fresh. Assure that your flowers have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival.

Tip: Sunflowers may not have perfectly straight stems. Please take this into account when arranging your bulk flowers. Also, Sunflowers are phototropic, meaning that their heads follow the light. Place a light directly over the sunflowers while they hydrate to help them open upward. Once arranged, make sure the arrangement is evenly lit to prevent shifting.

If your Sunflowers still are not opening after 24 hours in water, please contact our flower experts at 1-877-507-6737, and they will give you some added tips on caring for your Sunflowers.

Enjoy your flowers!