Re: [gardeners] Re: Sunflowers

Janni (
Mon, 24 Jun 2002 19:47:29 -0500

That would be Urban Legend. LOL I am off to do research!! Just found out 
that I have acute glaucoma in my left eye. Bah! So I am researching this 
strange turn of events in my life.


>  I wonder if the whole thing about sunflowers turning isn't a "suburban
>legend".  Our sunflowers are grown out in the full sun and they follow the
>brightest light somewhat while still in the bud stage but after they are in
>full bloom, the heads remain pretty stationary.
>When your sunflowers follow the sun, do they return along the same arc at
>night?  Or do they flip back at sunrise to face the rising sun?  Or do they
>keep on going around to complete the orbit?     Why didn't the plant that
>turned 360 degrees twist its head off?
>A few years back, we parked our RV next to a field of sunflowers in bloom in
>Kansas for 24 hours and those did not follow the sun either.
>----- Original Message ----- From: "George Shirley" <>
> >...
> > My youngest did a science fair experiment in junior high that involved
>potted sunflowers and sun
> > lamps. He finally had one plant that turned 360 degrees.
> >
> > When we had the two acres of them it was neat to watch them follow the sun
>across the sky. The field
> > was oriented east/west and the sunflowers started facing the SE right
>after dawn and slowly worked
> > their way to the SW by sunset.