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Cause of Multiple Sunflowers at the Top of a Single Stalk?

Cause of Multiple Sunflowers on a Single StalkI planted mammoth sunflower seeds and they turned out spectacular. The last few remaining blooms are on their last stages and I have one where the stalk's upper portion is enlarged and currently supporting 5 heads of flowers. Two are only 3/4 the size of the big ones and are opposite of each other. The 3 smaller ones are on top as the pictures show. How could this happen and it must be very rare to have something like this to occur? Some insights from you would be greatly appreciated.

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Cause of Multiple Sunflowers on a Single Stalk
 
Cause of Multiple Sunflowers on a Single Stalk
 

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June 8, 20200 found this helpful
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Check out this photo of a rudbeckia that grew in my garden Photos of Flowers Exhibiting Fasciation. I think that might be what you are seeing on your sunflower plant. I notice that the centers don't appear to be quite round but perhaps more oblong. Hope this helps. Let's see if other members think.

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This happens more often than you think. They say when seeds drop, often there are several that collide together and bud this multi cluster. Try harvesting some of the seeds from this crop . They are hard to find sunflowers that produce like this one. It is a unique winner!

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June 9, 20200 found this helpful
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I do not consider this rare and it is a bit strange and does not happen all the time. I live in the topics and I love to grow sunflowers here on the islands. I have had several of my plants produce more than one sunflower at a time. I do not see this often and when this one happens it is amazing and makes a very different sunflower. I am not sure if this one is so true or not but a local grower here told me this can happen like the birth of two children who attached together for one reason or another.

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I guess it happens when the seed starts to grow and there seems to be more than one grin inside the shell when it is planted it can produce a flower like this. That was how it was explained to me by an old Tahitian farmer. He is very knowledgable about plants so I am taking his word on this one.

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September 20, 20200 found this helpful

2 grins would produce 2 stalks, not 2 flowers

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June 10, 20200 found this helpful

I'm sure in the over all sense of plants this may not be considered a 'rare' happening but when it happens in your garden - maybe only once or twice in your lifetime - then I think it could be considered 'rare'.

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I have seen this occurrence in a plant only once and would love to know how to make it happen; just for fun.
Thanks for sharing and enjoy your unusual Sunflowers - be sure to plant seeds and maybe it will happen again.

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