Covering of Sunflower heads
Sunflowers are an important source of edible oil and the seeds are used for food as well. They tend to symbolize longevity and loyalty. Covering the Sunflower heads is one of the traditional method which has been practiced to protect the seeds from birds, direct sunlight, and make sure the seeds do not get scattered.
Materials used for Covering Sunflower heads
- Cheese cloth
- Flour sacks
- Paper bag
Tie paper bags loosely over the blooms with twine. Avoid tying the bags so tightly that air cannot freely circulate around the bloom. Punch several small holes in the bags to ensure good airflow around the flower heads.
Note: Do not use plastic bags because moisture will condense inside them, causing rot on the seeds. This makes the seeds less appealing and increases the risk of mold or fungus that can be dangerous to birds.
Advantages of Covering Sunflower heads
- To protect seeds from birds and direct sunlight.
- To protect the seeds from being scattered so that to minimize yield loss.
Being a traditional method, it is nowadays must common among the farmers.