Sun Flower - Yellow Multi-branch - Wild
Approximately 23 seeds per gram.
This wild and naturally occurring yellow multi- branched sunflower grows to an average height between 122-182 cm (4-6’) tall and produces a surprisingly amount of bright yellow blooms with chocolate brown centers per plant. Blooms are between 7-15 cm (3-5”) across. Blooms all summer long until the fall frost. Strong branches and small blooms make it an ideal candidate for small bouquets.
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.