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Sunflower Farms

Puerto Rico has a wonderful climate for year-round growing of many ornamental and food crops. Lately, sunflowers have become all the rage. They are so beautiful and popular, so a number of sunflower farms have opened around the island. Some are just for growth and production of the cut flowers, but a few are open to the public for enjoyment, photographs and/or purchases.

Sunflowers seem to grow very well near the coasts here in Puerto Rico, and they are hardy flowers that last a long time as cut flowers.

Finca Girasoles in Guánica – Open to the Public

At this farm, you can walk through the fields of sunflowers to take photos. There are usually at least 8-10 rows in bloom, sometimes more. They sell the cut flowers, seeds, and perhaps some other locally-grown produce. Usually open daily from 9am until 3pm or 5pm. But it is best to call, or check their Facebook page, for current schedule because they will close due to rain/mud, or if there aren’t enough flowers in bloom.

Finca de Rustica in Naguabo – Open by Appointment

This farm is working toward a “U-pick” format, but you can buy the flowers already cut, planted in pots, or just the seeds if you want to grow your own. They also have other types of flowers available. They will be close due to rain or lack of flowers.

Girasoles de Puerto Rico in Santa Isabel – Bulk Cut-flower Purchases

This farm in Santa Isabel is much more of a “production” farm, focusing on bulk sales of cut flowers. An interesting thing about this farm is that their fields are among the huge power-generating wind turbines that you see as you drive along Route 52 in Santa Isabel.

If you visit any of these farms, remember these are working farms — wear appropriate shoes for walking on dirt (it may be a muddy), wear a hat and sunscreen, and bring a bottle of water. Prices for cut flowers vary, but they are usually about $2.50 per large sunflower stem.


Source: puertoricodaytrips.com

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