Ubon Ratchathani University Sunflower Fields

Ubon Ratchathani University has an annual agricultural project to grow some sunflower fields. The fields are not large or many but it is an enjoyable sight to take in. The window of opportunity to view the fields is limited so you have to go quickly. This is not a highly publicized attraction in Ubon but it is a site worth visiting.

Ubon University is on Hiway 24 approximately 20 kilometers from Ubon city. If you don’t have transportation you can get there via the red M line or the green and yellow 1 line. The M line actually goes on campus and you can get off about 500 meters or so from the fields. The 1 line only passes the front gate so it is a 20 minute walk back to the fields.

The fields are located in the rear of the campus near the sports hall. The plants are all in a row between the street and a pavillion. After you take some time strolling through the field, taking in the beauty and taking pictures you can enjoy a meal at one of the many food vendors located across from the main gate.

Sunflower seeds at Ubon University are planted during the rainy season and reach maturity around two months after rainy season ends. The prime viewing window is about 2 weeks before the plants begin going to seed. Last year I missed it by a few days so this year made sure I got to see the sunflowers in full bloom.

If you can’t get out to Ubon University there are some photos of the sunflowers below for you to enjoy. This is a nice preview of one of the many attractions offered here in Ubon Ratchathani.

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Comments

  1. michael hare says:

    Hi Darwin,

    The sunflower plots were planted for the university graduation ceremony on December 25. Sunflowers flower after growing for a precise number of days. Thus, the plants were planted to be in full bloom on December 25.

    These plots are planted every year for the graduation, but in March 2007, a large field was planted for the National Agricvultural Field Days at the university.

    Regards,

    Michael Hare

    Faculty of Agriculture.
    Ubon Ratchathani University

  2. michael hare says:

    Hi Darwin,

    I work at the university. The sunflower plots were planted for the annual graduation ceremony on December 25. Sunflowers flower after growing for a precise number of days. Thus, they were planted in November to be at maximum bloom towards the end of December.

    The plots are planted every year for the graduation, but in March 2007 a large field was planted for the National Agricultural Field Days,

    Regards,

    Michael Hare
    Faculty of Agriculture,
    Ubon Ratchathani University

  3. Michael,
    Thanks for the input. My knowledge of the growing cycle of sunflowers is limited to your comment. I knew the fields have been there the last couple of years and before this season I was a few days late to catch the plants at their best.

  4. HI, How many student at UBU?I i am was born in UBon .But i move out from there 20 years ago.Thanks

  5. Benjarat,

    Sorry I don’t have an answer to give you. I do know, though, from observation that the student population seems to be expanding every year. There is also considerable new construction going on.

  6. michael hare says:

    Nearly 10,000 students at UBU spread over 10 faculities.
    Agriculture, Science, Pharmacy, Engineering, Medicine, Law, Poltical Science, Liberal Arts, Business Management, Applied Arts and Design.

    Michael Hare

  7. Benjarat,

    There you are, Dr Hare kindly provided an answer for you.

    Thanks Michael.

  8. Would it still be worth a visit this Monday or would they all have lost their bloom by now?

  9. MeMock,

    That field has gone to seed by now. There will be an agricultural event out there beginning Feb 20, there might be new fields planned for this time frame. Dr Hare would know and if he sees your comment I am sure he will provide accurate information.

  10. michael hare says:

    The Southern Isarn Agricultural Field Days will run from Feb 20 to Mar 1 in front of the Faculty of Agriculture, Ubon Ratchathani University.

    There will be an extensive display of blooming flowers and other shrubs. Currently, we have a Japanese floral expert teaching and researching in our Faculty for 2 years. He is giving expert advice to arranging the display. Though how they get such great flowers to grow on very poor soils is amazing.

    In addition, there will be stalls selling plants and seeds, in addition to the usual OTOP goods.

    So wait until then. Nothing to see at the moment.

    Michael Hare

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