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Sunflower seeds
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Jim    Posted 04-06-2003 at 15:39:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Was going to mow down a weed patch and plant some sunflowers for my enjoyment and to feed the local turkey and other wildlife - wondering if I would be wasting time and money by using the bulk sunflower seeds you buy to feed the birds with.

Jim(MO)    Posted 04-07-2003 at 12:48:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm not real sure but think most sunflower seed for birds is a hybrid or sterile. This is fairly new as more sunflower seed is being grown commercially. In some places or situations they can become a nuisance so this keeps them from spreading to unwanted areas.

Tom A    Posted 04-07-2003 at 05:25:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Had planted a few sunflowers from birdfeed for years without problem. Usually had a pretty good return, even if they weren't always the prettiest to look at.

Three years ago and again last year, we had "empty" seeds from the birdseed grown plants. I have also planted "bought" seeds and they did just fine so it wasn't a lack of pollination or whatever.

I'm not sure why the birdseed plants were sterile, but after 2 years of failure I won't waste my time on them anymore. We have bought several varieties of seed from different sources and will grow them all this year.


bob    Posted 04-07-2003 at 10:41:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
buy the seed first year and if one head falls down you will have al the volunteer ones you want for a few years In fact too many so don,t leave extra

Lazy Al    Posted 04-07-2003 at 04:38:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why don't you get some and put 25 in a damp towel and put it in a south window and keep the towel damp and see how many if any sprout , then
you will know what percent you'll have it you plant them . Take a cake pan and lay half a towel
in the pan put your seed in and fold the other half over it and just keep it damp for a few days
It won't take long

williamf    Posted 04-06-2003 at 17:54:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've planted the black oil seed from pennington. Just tilled a little and raked them in. Full sun, water from time to time. Did well. Not tall, but big flowers, lots of seed.

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