The Q&A Archives: Produce New Sunflowers

Question: Can I grow new sunflowers from last years dried seeds? I dried the heads from a few different varieties and am wondering if they will produce new plants.

Answer: Yes, you can! However, seed from hybrid plants will not mature identical to the parent plant. (A hybrid plant is produced by cross pollinating two different parent plants.) But sometimes it can be fun to see what does grow! Also, if sunflowers are left to dry in the garden, the birds will come to eat them, scatter some about, and these seeds will germinate on their own if conditions are right.

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