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How to Harvest & Save Sunflower Seeds: It's Deceptively Easy

Sep 29, 2019
 

To Save Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds would be one of the easiest seeds to save, except that they're so enticingly delectable to so many other animals, humans included.
 
Nonetheless, we've saved many millions of them, so you can, too :)  

One of the most challenging aspects of saving sunflower seed is this: You must not harvest the most spectacular heads for bouquets! Expect seed about 6 weeks after flower. This is our Lemon Queen, by the way :)

To Harvest Sunflower Seeds

First, wait for the birds to confirm the seed is fully ripe.

Though many flower seeds are released with ease once ripe, sunflowers tend to hold them in their heads, making it more challenging to know exactly when they're ripe. Many flower heads also indicate their seeds are ripe once the stalk beneath is brown and dry, though with sunflowers, that is generally way too late and you'll rarely find a single seed left.

So yes --- this is playing with fire --- but if you...

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Why I Love Sunflowers & Slowing Down

Mar 09, 2018

Evening Colors sunflower is a heavenly mix of autumnal hues with long, strong stems perfect for cutting.

My favorite moment of Evening Colors last summer was watching a family of song sparrows navigate their branches, foraging and feasting on the soft, invertebrate bodies of caterpillars also having lunch among the blossoms. The mother (I confess a presumption) was only slightly larger than her children by July but her calm, exacting movements clearly demonstrated her honed skills, deftly capturing and whacking one insect after another as her protégés fumbled along after her. She would patiently offer her quarry to them, letting them squirm as their caterpillars squirmed, letting them learn, slowly, the quick grace of slipping an insect straight down a throat.

I’m sure I did very important things that day.

Critical things, even.

That dance of life and death, of learning and becoming, those breathless moments among the blossoms: that is all I remember, all...

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