Anyone buy sunflower seeds for planting? Well DONT waste your $$

tony_k_orlando(Z9 Fl)April 9, 2008

You can simply buy a huge bag of sunflower seeds for your bird brained friends and use them to grow the very same plants. Heck, the birds (especially the Gold Finches) plant em all over for ya.

Check it out......

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nytrinigemini(10, Miami FL)

Oh its so pretty....Matty was saying he didnt want a bird feeder because of all the mess it makes.....but if i buy the right seed maybe the birdies will plant me a garden :-)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 8:20PM
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beth7happy

now THAT is really pretty, Tony! I know the birds didn't plant them in that line, tho, so...did you just mow up 'so' close?????? It's really takin' me back to 'The Farm' ...love it!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 8:24PM
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tony_k_orlando(Z9 Fl)

Beth,

I sure as heck didnt plant that many sunflowers, but I must admit, the numbers of em sure overwhelm the eyes and hide all the not so pretties in the area real well.

The feeders were/are on plain dirt with no grass, thats why they seem to be so straight back there. I really hadnt seen any seeds germinate in the grass, BUT even if I had, they would have gotten mowed down.

I am SOOOOO glad the thistle isnt germinating yet and hopefully NEVER!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 8:30PM
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laura1(9aTpa,FL)

Oooh! Love sunflowers, nice looking Tony. Ah, but too late...I already PAID for "fancy" seeds. They are are about 6 to 8 inches tall and growing fast. Pictures will be posted...

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 8:41PM
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suegrew

Hey Tony, aka Man of the Week, thanks for the heads up. I'm hoping to eliminate the grass on the opposite side of our privacy fence on the alley side. I was thinking about planting (and investing $) to bring some color to the alley but I think I'd be making a mistake. Never know who may be driving thru the alley with a shovel...
So, sunflower seeds seem to fit the bill here.
Thanks Tony and enjoy the spotlight! From everything I've read so far, you deserve the applause.
Sue.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 8:43PM
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atreelady(9b SW Orlando)

Beautiful! I have to find a place to do that.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 8:57PM
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beth7happy

ppsstt...Tony...be glad you didn't have thistle germinate. I have. it's EVERYwhere! (I don't mind but the spousal unit is still in hopes of a grass lawn one day instead of wildflowers and weeds!...not gonna happen long's I keep feeding birds and refusing to spray!)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 9:07PM
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solstice98(9b/Orlando)

Tony, I love the sunflower patch! I have lots of things coming up under the birdfeeders and wish more of it was sunflowers. Goofy me - I'm one of the people who actually buys sunflower seeds to plant.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 10:30PM
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manature(9B Sanford, FL)

Dang, Tony...is there ANYTHING at your place that doesn't just volunteer to be beautiful?? I have had lots of volunteer sunflowers, too, but never so thick and lush looking.

Marcia

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 10:48PM
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countrynest(z9)

Hey Tony,I have been transplanting the volunteer sunflower plants from under the bird feeder to sunnier locations in the garden. Some of the plants have multiple flower buds. I can´t wait for them to open. Yours look great.
Hope to see you and Mary Beth soon.
Felix

    Bookmark   April 9, 2008 at 11:37PM
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FlowerLady6(z10 Fl)

Wow, what is your secret? Your beautiful geraniums and now this sunflower patch, not to mention all the other things you grow. I'm going to go through my bird seed and gather out some sunflower seeds to plant. Hope they do well for me. Yours are happy looking.

FlowerLady

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 7:07AM
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suegrew

Thought I'd mention another piece of sunflower miscellaneous.
Last summer I was fortunate that a couple of my seeds from the birdfeeder above, dropped to the ground and grew into 2 beautiful sunflowers. As the flowers were beginning to die, I cut them off at the stem line, put each flower into a brown paper bag and left them in a dark closet.
Just around Christmas-time, I carefully wrapped them and sent them as a gift to my longtime friend and gardening enthusiast up in Boston. She loved it! All the seeds were now dry and still inside the flower and easy for all her snowbirds to enjoy a little snack. So easy to do and I know your northern friends will get a kick out of it.
Just a thought,
Sue.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 8:56AM
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manature(9B Sanford, FL)

Suegrew, what a great idea! So fun!! Lately, I've not gotten any sprouts, as the squirrels are diligent about getting anything that falls to the ground. Sometimes I have 6 or 8 of them under the feeder at once. And every time I have tried to plant sunflower seeds intentionally, they have dug them up and devoured them. But I haven't given up yet. And I'm going to try your idea.

Thanks for sharing.

Marcia

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 9:57AM
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tony_k_orlando(Z9 Fl)

IF you leave the spent sunflower heads on the stalk, the birds WILL enjoy them too. They fly into the heads to dislodge the seeds and then eat them off the ground. Thing is, the other birds are waiting for some 'other' bird to knock the seeds out while they wait.

The problem with letting em grow like I have is that the squirrels can climb the sunflowers to now get to the feeders, but this yr, I have only noticed one do it so far. There is generally more than enough on the ground for everyone.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 10:08AM
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laura1(9aTpa,FL)

Speaking of squirrels...my DH (spousal unit-Beth, that made me laugh!) popped one! I haven't seen a squirrel on the feeder since. I know it is only temporary but I'm enjoying the "no squirrel zone" while it lasts.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2008 at 11:40AM
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