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Another sunflower question
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BOSS    Posted 09-07-2004 at 17:28:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
When is the right time to pick the seeds?

Heres my theroy, tell me if its OK. When the peddles fall off of the whole flower I cut the flower off the stalk. I dry the flower with the seeds still attached until the top leafy thing falls off of the seed and then I pick out the seeds. I leave them in the garage over the winter and then they are ready to plant next year.

How close am I?

My concern is am I taking them off the stalk to soon?
are the seeds mature enough at this time?

Last year I think I lost about 1/2 of them because I waited too long to take them off the stalk and they became moldy.


bulldinkie    Posted 09-08-2004 at 05:42:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That can be a problemIf you leave them out too long birds get them,Be careful where you put them mice etc will find them,Keep in dry place.Maybe after dry good put in paper bag to protect from mice.When you rub you finger down over and they fall out easily theyre dry.I have an aga stove I lay mine close to that for a few days to dry.


Maggie/TX    Posted 09-07-2004 at 21:16:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Boss, you might check the Gardening channel on the left side of this page. I'm sure I saw somewhere on there the other day about sunflowers. Can't remember exactly now but I think there were a couple different ways to do it and one was to hang the flower upside down with something to catch the seeds when they fell off naturaly. That's my entire knowledge of sunflowers. Good luck. :)


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