Sun Flower - Large Grey Stripe
Approximately 10 seeds per gram.
The Large Grey Stripe Sunflower produces a single yellow bloom ranging from 25-35 cm (10-14″) in diameter. Grey Stripe Sunflowers grow on tree trunk like stems and can easily grow to 3-3.6 m (9-12’) in height! The flower heads are surprisingly heavy, laden with large grey striped seeds. Seeds can be used for fresh sprouts since they’re huge. Sunflower seeds are a popular protein-rich food, and are very popular with the birds and bees find them irresistible.
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.