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Sunflower Harvesting

i grow mamoth sunflowers every year but have never really done anything with the seeds,

might be a stupid question, but....

can i save these seeds to plant sunflowers next year?


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,658

    Yes. let them dry on the flower until they are hard .

     You an also hang the whole flower head up for the birds to get at. Squirrels chew the heads off mine and carry them off.

  • Womble54Womble54 Posts: 348

    I've just harvested one of the big flower heads and roasted  the seeds. Wait till the back of the flower head is yellow/brown and the seeds feel firm & plump. Rub off all the dry chaf and the seeds should come away easily.

    Give them a wash then boil in salted water for 10-15 mins. Strain and rinse. Then roast in the oven for 15 mins.

    They make a lovely snack.

  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003

    Can all sunflower seeds be eaten?   Or is it just the yellow sunflowers seeds?

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