Hi Dee. No, I don't harvest the seeds as I grow Ornamental Sunflowers. The ones they use for bird feed and is also good to dehydrate is one called Mammoth Grey Stripe and you can purchase them almost anywhere they sell seeds. They do get big but then you want this if you want seeds. The bigger the plant the bigger the seed.
I used to bind a very fine cloth (like cheesecloth)around the flower head, as soon as the petals can be rubbed off. Then the seeds will mature and not fall to the ground, also the birds can't get to them.
A seed from our bird feeder fell into the garden and produced the most beautiful sunflower! I'll have to check out when to harvest the seeds but have pulled some out and ate them raw. Next year I'll be planting a whole patch of sunflowers and reaping the harvest. No doubt I can run them through the dehydrator to preserve.
Has anyone grown and preserved sunflower seeds? Any tips on growing? When to harvest? How does one know when they're ready to pick? How to preserve?
Edited by: DEECAFFEINATED at: 8/31/2009 (16:54)
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