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I'm so surprised to get such huge ones!! They are 6+' tall and the heads are 14'across and still growing.
My ? is can I compost the leaves and stalks in the fall? The stalks look like tree trunks Smile.

Thanks


Carlene
 
Posts: 1758 | Location: NE.Ok zone 6b | Registered: Oct 09, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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this is an inexperienced guess... yes to the leaves and no to the stalks, unless you have a chipper to break them down.

how about some pictures of your sunflower bed? thanks.
 
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Why not? Let's see! No squirrels around your new
digs Car? Years ago I got some big ones but no squirrels at all there.


"Those that throw mud, lose ground!" :>)
 
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OK you ask for it!! No squirrels here yet.
Just took these. As you can see the tallest one is about 3' over the 6' fence!!
The butterfly bush and crape myrtle were planted last fall. Love it that they bloomed this year.
Thanks for looking.

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Weird shape!!


Carlene


 
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last one


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OHHHHHH Car!!!! Those are HUGE! They can feed your wild birds all winter!


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oh WOW.. i have never seen sunflowers that huge. elephant size, i'd say. when mine died down, i cut the heads off and left them for the birds. they made short work of picking the seeds out themselves. but then mine were from bird seed. maybe YOU can harves those seeds for your own snacking.

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Wait ....the squirrels are spreading the word
about you right now!!! :>)


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Muddy don't even go there!!!


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LOL


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that is great!
 
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Probably a whole row of squirrels behind the
fence ~~just waiting for them to fall!


"Those that throw mud, lose ground!" :>)
 
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Great pictures. Here is a pic of ours. We plant them for the birds every year.

 
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Ours must be a different variety. They don't grow near as tall or as big.

 
Posts: 2280 | Location: Coastal Plain Region ~~ Georgia ~~ Zone 8b | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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OH Georgia peach there is nothing prettier than a field of sunflowers. Love driving across Ks. and seeing them.
Are they only for the birds (good for you if you do) or do you sell them for the oil?
I'll be happy to save you some seeds if the birds don't beat me them to all of them.
Not sure how to protect them till they are ripe.
Any ideas folks??
I bought seed that said giant.

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I've heard to tie a plastic grocery bag over the head.(the seed part) But it seems a brown paper bag would be better.
 
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I'm jealous.. the darn squirrels got all of mine.. Even had the nerve to carry one seed head up onto the garage roof and eat it .
 
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That's to bad. Probably by next yr. we will have them here. They always seem to find the flowers!


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I have seen BIG sunflowers like that only one time and I could not believe it!!! It was like seeing sunflower trees. lol
 
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WOW, the flowers heads are so huge and heavy even those thick stalks can't hold them up. I would love to try to dry one of them to keep.


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With a little luck you'll have goldfinch show up & not squirrels. Less destructive.


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that field of sunflowers is awesome! can you see it from inside your house?
 
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Love the sunflowers. I have several different varieties blooming. Will have to get pics. I planted some teddy bear ones this year and they are very interesting. None of mine are as big as yours, Silly Bird. I love living in Kansas when all the sunflowers are blooming!
 
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I went to visit a friend once. Her husband took photographs. He took a gorgeous picture of their daughters in a field of sunflowers. I have always remembered that photo. Smile
 
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Great looking sunflowers SB and GP!

Yes, you can compost both leaves & stalks...just chop them into pieces...I'd do it with a machete and a piece of wood and chop them about 3" long...they will rot!
To protect the heads, do like metoo said...use PAPER bags to tie over the heads...the paper breathes so the heads will dry and the bags will hold any seeds that fall out.


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How beautiful. You must have sown the Mammoth sunflower seeds. There are several varieties. I love the Mammoth because of the seed heads. I do save the dried heads for wintertime. Just drive a nail into a fence post or anything upright, push the head onto the nail, and instant bird feeder.

Here the goldfinches are already attacking the heads even though they aren't ripe.

Georgia Peach, that is an awesome field of sunflowers. Nothing is prettier!
 
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Wow-Wee those are H U G E !!! Must be the Mammoth Russian ones. You will get a lot of seeds if no one steals them first. I tried putting a paper bag and pantyhose on my sunflowers a couple of yrs. ago. The skwirls eventually started to eat holes in the pantyhose I had on the sunflower head. After that I decided to just plant many sunflowers and share with the skwirls because I cannot win with them. I planted branching sunflowers this year for the first time. I love them so much! I will post pics, so far they are all untouched. I had many volunteers under my birdfeeders this year for the first time. About 6 volunteer sunflowers under birdfeeder and another beautiful volunteer somewhere else. So far, the skwirl only knocked down one, by the birdfeeder. I think he was to heavy when he climbed up it and knocked it down. I love sunflowers!!!
That meadow of rows of Sunflowers is absolutely stunning!!! It looks like a photo in a magazine. You actually planted all those sunflowers yourself? OMG!!!(I wish sunflowers were Perennials!)
 
Posts: 2527 | Location: "The Garden State", NJ ~ Zone 7 | Registered: Nov 05, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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We have a wildlife management area that grows a huge patch of sunflower seeds. They ARE gorgeous!
 
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