Dumb sunflower question

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by turtlehead, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. turtlehead

    turtlehead Well-Known Member

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    The question is dumb, not the sunflowers. :baby04:

    When I plant sunflower seeds (Gray Mammoth) do I leave them in the big hard shell or do I crack them open as if I were going to eat them, and plant only the inside part? :help:
     
  2. lgslgs

    lgslgs Well-Known Member

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    Plant the whole seed - it needs it's protective shell and will shed it naturally as it germinates.

    Once the seedling is up I'm often tempeted to help the plant finish getting it's leaf all of the way out of it's seed hull if it looks "stuck", but that's usually not a good thing to do. Left alone, they do fine on their own as long as no overly helpful humans come along plucking at their shells and damaging their tender new leaves in the process. :)

    Lynda
     

  3. turtlehead

    turtlehead Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Lynda. Most of my sunflowers are up now and some do indeed have that heavy outer shell stuck on them. I have my hands tied behind my back so I'm not tempted to help.