The Q&A Archives: Growing Sunflower Seeds Saved from Hybrids

Question: I have seeds from a couple of "Paul Bunyan" sunflower plants from last year. Will these seeds produce the same quality of plants if planted from these seeds this year? I know this is a hybrid and thus didn't know if this made a difference. Thanks! Brian Betz North Canton, OH

Answer: Generally, seed saved from hybrid plants will not come true the next year when planted. So, your 'Paul Bunyan' sunflower seeds you saved may have some tall sunflowers and some shorter ones this year --especially if other sunflowers were growing in the area. You can try out the seeds and see what you get, but if you want just tall sunflowers, it's better to get fresh seed!

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