Harvesting Mammoth Sunflowers

I have a passion for sunflowers!  This year we grew almost 20 different varieties, from wee pale yellow sunnies to mammoths, larger than my head!  These giants grow, on average, 10 feet tall, with an enormous head more than 12 inches in diameter.    Mammoth Sunflowers mature in 75-90 days and are easy to grow in full sun, with average to rich soil conditions.  The stems reach over an inch in diameter and are extremely strong.  If possible, I recommend growing them along a fence, due to their weight and height.  Twine or a small bungee cord can be used to secure the sunflower stem to the fence.

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Hello, Lovely!

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I am so tired, I can’t even hold my head up!

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Harvest time is near…

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What a reach, and I am 5′ 10″!!

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Look at all of those plump seeds!

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The best quality heads will be saved and dried completely.  Seeds will be used for planting next year and roasting.  The remaining heads will become chicken treats throughout the winter months!

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Do What You Love…Love What You Do!

Until next year…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda