The Q&A Archives: Drying Sunflowers

Question: Can sunflowers be dried, if so what type of sunflower is best to use?

Answer: The flower heads on regular garden-variety sunflowers are not suitable for drying; the heads twist and turn as they dry, to release the seeds. They won't dry well, but if you'd just like to enjoy sunflowers as a cut flower, try planting the smaller varieties such as 'Lemon Eclair' or 'Elf', both available from Burpee's. (800) 888-1447 or

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