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By Brianna Wray
the Times 

Harvesting Sunflower & Zinnia Seeds


August 15, 2019

Brianna Wray

About 30-45 days after bloom, the heads will begin to ripen, changing color from green to yellow and the bracts will begin to dry and brown.


Sunflower seeds are among the easiest to recognize and make for an inviting harvest for first time gardeners. Most species are drought and heat tolerant which puts them in the category of "foolproof."

They attract the birds and the bees. They also make great cut flowers and their seeds are yummy snacks.

Tall sunflower species and cultivars, especially the mammoth variety, require extra support. Use bamboo stakes, twine or grow the flowers along a fence line and anchor blooms to the fence posts.

They're annuals, so their time to thrive is summer. Plant...

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