I Just Purchased Some Sun Flower Seeds

United States
March 19, 2016 2:44pm CST
It’s been a LONG time, since I planted some sun flower seeds in my back yard. In fact, I lived in another area at the time when my older kids were teen-agers and my youngest son was a baby. He’ll be 40 in April. Anyway, I was telling my great grandchildren about the sunflowers and decided to buy some seeds and see if we can grow some in the back yard this summer. I was doing a bit of research on the sun flower and came across this idea. When the flowers begin to dry in the fall, I can harvest the seed heads. Then, attach string to the heavy flower heads and place them around the yard for the birds to eat this winter. The ONLY thing I don’t like about having so many sunflowers around in the summer, is that they attract BEES and I don’t like BEES, so I’m going to plant the seeds in the back yard far away from the front door that I use to get in and out of my car. Have you ever planted sun flower seeds?
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@cindiowens (4926)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
19 Mar 16
Yes, I have. I love sunflowers, and they are easy to grow.
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• United States
21 Mar 16
That's what I remember, that they sprouted very quickly and grew very fast. So, I'm hoping that will be the case, so the kiddos can see them grow tall and bloom.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
22 Mar 16
@IreneVincent You remember correctly. Even the dwarf ones grow fast.
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• United States
23 Mar 16
@cindiowens Well, I planted 9 Sunflower seeds today in my little starter pots. They are sitting in my kitchen window which gets the evening sun. I will take pictures of their progress and hope they don't get too big too fast, before I can plant them outside.
@Ronrybs (8161)
• London, England
19 Mar 16
Bees are vital for flowers. I've got some California poppy seeds that need planting in front, should get them in soon
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• United States
21 Mar 16
Yes, bees are necessary and I don't mind the "honey" bees, but I HATE wasps.
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@Ronrybs (8161)
• London, England
21 Mar 16
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• United States
23 Mar 16
@Ronrybs I see no use for wasps at all. They are aggressive. I don't care what anyone says. I've been stung more than once.
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@Teep11 (7301)
• United States
19 Mar 16
The seeds from the sunflowers are tasty. Sunflowers can make a yard fun looking.
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• United States
21 Mar 16
I have never eaten sunflower seeds. I see them at the store sometimes but have never tried them.
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@louievill (20397)
• Philippines
21 Mar 16
@IreneVincent yes they are tasty and they are also sold here like pumpkin or watermelon seeds, eaten the same way
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• United States
21 Mar 16
@louievill Seeds are part of a healthy diet, but they don't appeal to me that much. Maybe I should try them and see what I think.
@louievill (20397)
• Philippines
19 Mar 16
I remember planting them in our gardening class when we were in grade school ( it was part of the Green Revolution project of then dictator Marcos) I feed sunflower seeds to my large parrot, it's more expensive than rice.
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@louievill (20397)
• Philippines
21 Mar 16
@IreneVincent Never fed rice to my parrot, fruits and yes sunflower seed, more expensive per kilo than what our family eats (rice), have not heard of that study but small birds called maya raid Philippine rice fields, so probably not bad because birds have natural instincts that God provides, scarecrows keep them away but they sort of adopted and not as scared anymore
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• United States
23 Mar 16
@louievill Like I said, I don't know whether the "wedding" story was true. I only heard it as a rumor. Who knows. I would think that rice would be OK for birds to eat.
@softbabe44 (5899)
• Vancouver, Washington
19 Mar 16
I can remember getting them when I was growing up
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• United States
21 Mar 16
Sunflowers grow very fast, so they are interesting to plant and watch. The ones we planted long ago grew to about 12 feet tall. My children were excited.
• Vancouver, Washington
22 Mar 16
@IreneVincent Wow that's 12 feet tall what a big one.
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• United States
23 Mar 16
@softbabe44 We didn't measure it but it was very, very tall. Higher than my husband could reach and he has long arms.
@Corbin5 (123373)
• United States
19 Mar 16
I have never planted sunflower seeds but have seen some in yards around here. They sure are pretty. The bee factor would cause me to worry about our little girl pup though.
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• United States
21 Mar 16
Bees are necessary, but that doesn't mean I have to like them. LOL
@marlina (80846)
• Canada
19 Mar 16
Never planted those seeds myself, but a few neighbors used to.
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• United States
21 Mar 16
It's been a long time since I planted any, but I'm anxious for the weather to get warm so that I can get them planted for my great grandchildren to see.
@JudyEv (142530)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Mar 16
We saw fields of sunflowers for the first time when we were touring. They were lovely to see as sometimes the fields were huge.
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• United States
21 Mar 16
Yes, I've seen (only in pictures) large fields of sunflowers. They are grown as a commercial crop in many areas. I would love to see them in person.
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@JudyEv (142530)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Mar 16
@IreneVincent They were magnificent. Lovely to see. I was enthralled just watching miles of yellow flowers go by. Well, we went by - they stayed still. :)
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• United States
23 Mar 16
@JudyEv I know you enjoyed that site. Where were you touring when you saw them?
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@rina110383 (24064)
19 Mar 16
No, I haven't tried growing a flower but I would love to try it. I think it would b exciting to watch it bloom.
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• United States
21 Mar 16
I grow lots of flowers in pots on my front porch every summer. I just purchase a few more pots and some seeds a couple weeks ago. Now, I have to get some potting soil to refresh my old pots and fill the new pots. But, there's plenty of time. Winter is trying to hang around a little longer.
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@TheHorse (75270)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Apr 16
You know my answer to that question. I hope yours grow tall!