Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Egypt Sunflower

After around two months from sowing the seeds, my sunflower plants started to flower:

The photos above are of a sunfowr plant I had planted in a 40 cm (15") pot at the edge of my balcony in Cairo, Egypt.

The birds seemed to like the taste of the sunflower plant leaves so I had to hange an old CD next to the sunflower plant in order to deter them and it did turn out to be very effective.

15 comments:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it Bangchik! I wish to visit Malaysia one day.

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  2. Salams Ashraf, What a gorgeous flower, and to think you grew it in your balcony in Cairo!!! You see, I'm Egyptian (living in 6th of October City) and am just starting out gardening (thinking of planting in the balcony and on the roof), so I was thrilled to see your blog. I just had a question for you (actually, I have several, but I'll just start with one): where do you get your supplies? (soil, seeds, organic compost, etc.) Thanks in advance!

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  3. Marwa,

    I create my own compost from kitchen waste (also in the balcony, don't worry no bad odors since it uses aerobic composting). No need for soil if you are using compost. As for seeds, I confess that I bought them from the Spring Festival held at Orman Garden (in Giza, in front of Cairo University) every year from 21st March till 20 April.

    I love questions. Please pound me with all the questions you could ever think of all at once, perhaps in an email if you like.

    Since you are from Egypt, you can find more content on my Arabic blog "Farm Dream" at the link below:
    http://mazra3a.blogspot.com/

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  4. Cool photo--Never thought of sunflowers in pots before!

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  5. Very nice photo's of those beautiful sun flowers! I hope you will post more photo's in the future, we mis your postings!

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  6. my biggest dream in life is 2 have a small garden. i need information about where to buy things for a small garden in the balacony. i want to plant things eaten like tomatoes, cucumber , peppers, carrots, ..... everything i plant dies after a while although i put water and fertilizers. why ? ana gholobt. would u help me to plant vegetables and fruits in my balacony ? i will be very thankfull. plea

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  7. The secret behind successful balcony planting is one word: SOIL

    Get your soil right and you're in for a surprise. The best soil to plant in is compost or a mixture of compost and peat moss. Peat can be bought at plan nurseries and compost can be made at home.

    I advise you to throw away the soil you currently have and forget about chemical fertilizers and use a soil of compost instead then watch the magic take place.

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  8. Are those artichoke leaves in your title photo? Looks similar to the ones I grow here in Oregon. Very clever to grow sunflowers in pots...

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  9. Oregon Coast Gardener,
    Thanks for your compliments about sunflowers in pots. As for the image in the blog title at the top, it's not of a plant I grow but rather it's a photo I shot once while in the Spring Festival at the Orman Botanical Garden in Egypt. I guess it's some sort of ornamental plant but not artichoke.

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  10. Nice flower, and never know that old CD can push away birds.. smart.

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