The Q&A Archives: Protecting Sunflower Heads from Birds

Question: My sunflowers have buds and will be flowering soon. I believe in sharing some seeds with the birds, but I want to save some seeds for the humans, too. What's the easiest way to put a barrier between the seeds and the birds?

Answer: As soon as the flower/seed heads are mature enough to be attractive to the birds (the birds will let you know), cover those you want to save with light-colored paper bags tied at the stem.

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