Sunflowers

marricgardensAugust 5, 2010

Last year I decided to try and grow sunflowers. They didn't grow. I started them by direct sowing, which I don't usually do, and DH thought they were weeds so he tilled them under. This year I started them using the w/s method and they were about 8" tall when planted out. I just dared him to till them! Anyway, I secured them to the fence with one of his bungie cords, to keep them upright, and they are doing beautifully. Marg

We put them there because in the winter the birds sit in the pear tree. I thought that might be a good spot for the birds to eat. Hopefully I will get some good pictures this winter.

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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

They look great! If you leave them standing in the winter, the heads will blacken and turn down. This is a good way to encourage the desirable wild birds (actually I'm not sure what you get there but...) chickadees and nuthatches easily hang upside down to collect the seeds but nuisance birds like house sparrows have a harder time.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2010 at 9:37AM
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Pudge 2b

Beautiful. I love sunflowers :)

    Bookmark   August 5, 2010 at 9:50AM
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marricgardens

I was planning on leaving them as is all winter and letting the birds eat to their hearts content! We get blue jays, tree sparrows, goldfinches, chickadees and woodpeckers here. Last year was our first year feeding them so hopefully we'll get more coming.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2010 at 5:19PM
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daynaedmonton(3B)

I just love them!! I planted them a few years back in my front flower bed.I have the brownish rust colored ones and they grew fantastic in my dry east facing flowerbed ( I rarely water)I leave them overwinter for the birds and every year I find new ones coming. I never have to replant! :) I also have two very large Spruce trees in my back yard where nothing grows underneath, so i set my birdfeeder there and to my surprise the sunflower seeds dropped and grew right under the old shady dry spruce trees!!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 3:56PM
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twrosz

This has been one of my all time favorite sunflowers ... just a self sown volunteer that is rather remarkable for its quality of quantity of bloom ... it is branched all the way to the bottom of the plant for a total of sixteen stems!

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 12:49AM
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marricgardens

It's gorgeous! Do remember the name of that one? Was it by 'Ring of Fire'? Mine just have the one stalk, neither one branches. I'm just starting to grow them and next on my list is one of the branching varieties.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 8:12AM
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twrosz

I think it might have come from Magic Roundabout OR a mixture obtained from Thompson and Morgan.

I also really like The Joker!

Terry

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 1:17PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

I used to grow Ring of Fire and I don't think those are them. Those are very pretty Terry! Ring of Fire has a narrower ring and it's dark red, not orangey.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 1:44PM
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twrosz

I'll save seed from this plant and HOPE they'll have much the same characteristic next year ... my luck is they'll end up being a whole hodge podge!

I have not grown Ring of Fire here at my new location, I had found it to flower rather late when I tried it on the farm.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2010 at 11:58AM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

My experience with sunflowers is they will revert to regular yellow sunflowers, but it may take more than one year of "fading out" where you have some of the original characteristics.

    Bookmark   August 13, 2010 at 3:56PM
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