Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To prepare myself for sowing sunflower seeds on-site, I started a mini-experiment to see if sunflower seeds respond favorably to electrical stimulation.  We happened to have 2 varieties of sunflower seeds on-hand since my pet parrot, Oskar, is a regular consumer of those seeds.   The two kinds were a small black variety and the other was large and striped.

So using some organic soil, I planted 4 seeds, two of each variety into some square spice jars.  While they really are a bit on the small size, not only because sunflowers grow very tall, but also because they have large root systems (which is helpful with regards to phytoremediation).  On the other hand, I chose these containers because at least in the beginning, I could keep them sealed to minimize moisture loss when I was gone from them over the weekend (since I kept this mini experiment running at my office). Here’s a photo of the initial setup.

Sowed Seeds in Sunflower+ Electroculture Experiment

Preliminary and Sunflower+ Test: 2 sets of 4 sunflower seeds (2 of 2 varieties). Left container is electrically stimulated.

Then, as usual, the electrified seeds experienced major sprouting action within just 5 days!

Stimulated group sprouted 100%

1st observation: 5 days after sowing. All four electrified seeds have sprouted.

And the growth continued even more:

Control has minimally 8 days to catch up!

2nd observation point, day 8. A single control seed is beginning to sprout.

And lastly, up to this point:

Electric Sunflowers ahead by leaps & bounds!

3rd observation: day 11 – substantial development on electrified side. Control still has only one seedling. Minor progress in last 3 days.

At this point, the pre-test is a huge success.  I’m going to continue to watch these plants grow as I’m curious as to how long it will take the control group to get to the day 5 electrified state.  As of now, the electrified group is well over 1 week ahead of schedule compared to the non-electrified group.  A very promising feature that be useful for people who are worried about their plants not reaching maturity before the frost-season arrives.  In our situation, that of contaminant removal, having a 1-week lead may have significant benefits with regards to the amount of lead that we can remove compared to the rest of the plot.

  • al4uonly

    Hi, looks great! What battery did you use (looks like a GSM accu?) and for how long was the voltage applied to the container?

    • Thanks! For this simple experiment I used 3VDC continuously for weeks.

  • electricfertilizer

    Sorry for the late reply… Thanks!

    I used 3 volts via 2 AA batteries in a small case. The voltage was applied continuously, probably for at least a month (i don’t have my records with me at this moment). Are you thinking about giving it a try?