Tips on how to grow and care for Safflower plants

 


Actually this plant called Safflower is predominantly grown for its oils which are really healthy for the heart and also used in foods. This plant growing requirements are uniquely suited for arid regions. On this article you will learn how to grow and care for safflower plants.

Information about Safflower

This plant actually has an extremely long taproot which enables it to reach deep into the soil to retrieve water, making it a perfect crop for arid farming areas. Of course, this deep rooting for water uptake does deplete the available water in the soil, so sometimes the area will need to lay fallow for up to six years to replenish the water levels after growing the safflower plant. This plant also leaves very little crop residue, which leaves fields open to erosion and is susceptible to several diseases. Without been told the demand from our heart healthy nation is such that the price garnered is well worth growing safflower plant as a cash crop.

How to grow safflower plant

The normal growing requirements for safflower plants are well-drained soils with good water retention, but then safflower is not picky and it will grow in coarse soil with inadequate irrigation or rain. The plant does not like wet feet, however. Safflower plant is seeded in early to late spring. You can plant the seeds ½ inch deep in rows that are about 6-12 inches (15-30 cm.) apart in a prepared firm bed. The germination will take place in about 1 to 2 weeks. Harvesting occurs about twenty weeks from planting.

How to care for Safflower plant

The plant usually does not need additional fertilization at least in the 1st year of growing because the long taproot is able to reach and extract nutrients. At times a supplemental nitrogen rich fertilizer will be used. This plant is drought tolerant so the plant does not need much in the way of supplemental water. Make sure you keep the safflower growing area free from weeds that compete for water and nutrients. Also monitor and control for pest infestation, most especially in the early part of the growing season when the safflower plant can decimate a crop. Actually disease is most common during the rainy season when fungal diseases may be a problem. Some of these diseases can be managed through the use of disease resistant seeds.  

 


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