sunflower seeds

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by Deb&Al, Aug 13, 2005.

  1. Deb&Al

    Deb&Al Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2002

    i have about six giant sunflowers growing. you could make a circle with your arms and the flower head would barely fit into your arms. i got the seeds from seeds of change, and were they expansive, i think there were ten seeds in the package, for 2.50.

    anyway, to keep the birds from eating the seeds, which they are starting to pick at them now, i bought some gauzy net type material and i was going to cover the sunflowers, but then i remember all the bees that are constantly on the sunflowers.

    if i cover the heads to thwart the birds, will i get viable seed for next year if the bees do not finish pollinating the sunflower head? i don't need the hundreds of seeds for next year's planting, but i wanted to be able to save them for the birds, etc, in the winter.

  2. Mid Tn Mama

    Mid Tn Mama Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 11, 2002
    You will need to have them polinated to get viable seeds. Can you watch for when the birds start to eat and then put the netting on?