Sun Flower - Earth Walker
Approximately 50 seeds per gram.
Earth Walker sunflowers grow to be 180-270cm (6-9’ tall). They are vigorous multi-branching plants that produce 25cm (9-10”) flowers in shades of orange bronze. They make a beautiful cut flower for fall bouquets. The flower heads face the sun and follow it across the sky. An eye catcher when planted in rows.
Harvesting of annual sunflowers should not begin until the petals wilt and begin to fall off the flower head. You can prevent seed loss from local critters like birds, deer and squirrels by covering the flower heads with paper bags and tying the bags closed. After the seed shells fatten up but before they dry out, cut the sunflower stalks about 30-45 cm (12-18”) below the flower. It's best to tie the flower head stalks together and hang them upside-down in a dark place at room temperature. Some flower heads will be surprisingly heavy – so use a heavier type cord or rope. Using a fan will ensure good air movement and promote better drying conditions. After the shells dry for a month or so, remove the seeds by rubbing two heads together.