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Dos Gringos

Check out the video
below to learn more
about their unique
approach to growing.

Dos Gringos

quoteAll of our sunflowers are grown & hand-selected on premier floral farms. We're proud to partner with these trusted growers, who help us deliver the highest-quality flowers to you and the people you care about most.quote

Alfred P.,
VP of Merchandising

Sun Valley

See what makes this
California farm's
sunflowers so special

Sunflowers

Farm Fresh:
Sun Valley sunflowers are sustainably grown in the sunny west coast climate, which produces thick, sturdy stems with lengths up to 24"+ and brilliant bloom heads that measure up to 6"H.

Flower Fact:
As the sun moves across the sky, the Sunflower in the field turns its head to follow it. That's why the French, "call them "Tournesol" which means "to turn with the sun."

Sunflowers Care & Handling

Sunflowers follow the path of the sun as they grow. To ensure every petal receives as much sunlight as possible, our striking stems are grown on farms with optimal temperature for harvest.



Follow these simple tips upon arrival for quality and enjoyment:
Your sunflowers are thirsty and need to drink plenty of water. With proper care your sunflowers will continue to open up and bloom for several days. It is natural for sunflowers to bend and twist as they follow the sun.

Sunflowers may arrive in bud form upon arrival.

  • Fill a clean vase 3/4 full with fresh cool tap water and flower food.
  • Remove bottom leaves if present. Cut one inch off the stems under running water and immediately place in vase.
  • Re-cut stems and change water on day 3 for longevity and optimal outward appearance.
  • Keep flowers away from drafts, direct sunlight, and excessive heat or cold.
Make a DIY Sunflower Pencil Vase in 3 Simple Steps
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Place a rubber band around a glass vase and insert unsharpened #2 pencils between the glass and the rubber band until the entire glass is covered.
Hide the rubber band with a ribbon of your choice.
Pour about 2 inches of water into the glass, but make sure to add more water right away so that the flowers stay fresher longer.
Sunflowers love water.
Give them a big gulp regularly to ensure that they'll grow to be full, lush blooms.

The Lifecycle of a Sunflower

Phase 1: Seedling
The first phase of the sunflower's life cycle is as a seedling. About 3 days after the seed is planted, it germinates and the case begins to split as the roots shoot out and push further down into the soil.

Phase 2: Shoot
After about a week, a shoot will sprout out of the soil, reaching slowly for the sun. Shortly after the shoot appears, the leaves will begin to open; the stem and leaves will continue to grow larger and wider as time continues.

Phase 3: Bud
As the seedling continues to grow, eventually, a bud will be noticeable. The bud will begin to slowly unfold as the flower head opens.

Phase 4: Bloom
Finally, as the flower head opens fully, the beauty of the sunflower can be appreciated at its prime.

Phase 5: Wilt
After a long season, the petals will start to wilt. Eventually the whole flower will shrivel, where the seeds will then be released and scattered in the ground.

Phase 6: Regrowth
Once the sunflower seed settles in an ideal spot, the sunflower life cycle will start all over again.

When you want to pay tribute to a person's life, sending sympathy flowers and gifts directly to those who are grieving is a moving gesture. A sympathy flower or gift delivery provides comfort to grieving loved ones, as well as allowing you a way to celebrate the lifetime of memories shared. Flowers, plants and other sympathy gifts provide a beautiful and intimate way to express your feelings. Also, the wide variety of options at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM allows you to find a tribute that is as unique as that person was during their lifetime. When choosing from our sympathy flowers and gifts, it is important to consider where they will be displayed – either at the funeral or in the home or office.

Floral Arrangements and Plants

We have a wide variety of floral arrangements available from white lilies, calla lilies and mixed bouquets to wreaths and more. Wreaths are particularly popular as the circle is a symbol of the continuance of life. For a more lasting tribute, you may want to consider a plant such as a gardenia. Both table and floor plants can be displayed at the funeral and then taken home by the family members so they can continue to enjoy the beauty of your gift.

Sympathy Gifts

When browsing through sympathy gifts to send to the home of the deceased, or to be displayed and shared in an office, popular choices are floral arrangements, plants and food gift baskets. Sympathy gift baskets are filled with comfort foods to help grieving friends and family at this difficult time. They are also an excellent choice for sharing at a memorial service. Sympathy floral arrangements from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM allow you to choose a beautiful way to express your feelings to the family. Plants allow the tribute to continue long after the funeral has been held and provide some beauty in the home of the recipient.

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