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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Jan 25, 2015 7:34 PM CST
This past spring we noticed tall corn growing under the bird feeder and decided to let it grow to see what it would do.
I do not have a picture, but those messy birds planted some neat Broom Corn, in the fall the pearls that looked like
corn turned different colors and the plants were about 4-5 feet tall, and the birds were clinging and feasting on them
in the fall/ You could if a creative person cut them and hang them upside down to dry and make wreaths. Anyway I
am thinking about trying to get some going next season, but way down at the back of the yard by the fence since they
get so tall, I was reading about Broom Corn and read it is a new popular trend. freedombelle
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jan 25, 2015 7:43 PM CST
Welcome!
I have grown broom corn, just as a decorative plant in the garden.
Birds do love it.
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Jan 25, 2015 7:45 PM CST
Welcome!

I bought some seeds but never got it planted. Maybe I will this year.
Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Jan 25, 2015 7:54 PM CST
Welcome!

Don't you just love it when you discover something fun like that!
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Jan 26, 2015 8:00 PM CST
I was hoping the birds could plant sunflower seeds for me as well! It never happened. Thumbs down
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jan 27, 2015 7:58 AM CST
That's probably because they're too busy eating them! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Feb 8, 2015 12:29 PM CST
Came across a photo of the Broom corn I forgot I had.....
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Feb 9, 2015 10:52 PM CST
freedombel said:I was hoping the birds could plant sunflower seeds for me as well! It never happened. Thumbs down


That surprises me -- I always have sunflowers coming up everywhere from the bird feeders!

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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Feb 10, 2015 6:37 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:

That surprises me -- I always have sunflowers coming up everywhere from the bird feeders!

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Wow! Wish that was true here! I planted some sunflower seeds Ibought in a packet, ONE finally bloomed, but way late in the season as I
think I planted them too late.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Feb 10, 2015 8:10 PM CST
Shoot, I hate when that happens! The birds here scatter so much seed around that the sunflowers sprout up everywhere; usually I'll just dig up a few of the sprouts and put them where I want them. I had some really cool branching ones last summer, with lots of flowers on each plant. Maybe try winter sowing some seeds... get a milk jug or something similar (I use kitty litter jugs because I have lots of them), make some drainage holes in the bottom, cut it so the bottom part is 3-4" deep, add some potting soil, plant and water your seeds, tape the jug back together with some duct tape, leave the cap off, and put it outside in the shade somewhere to do its own thing. Check it every now and then and you should get plenty of sunflower seedlings to grow! Smiling
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Feb 11, 2015 3:42 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:Shoot, I hate when that happens! The birds here scatter so much seed around that the sunflowers sprout up everywhere; usually I'll just dig up a few of the sprouts and put them where I want them. I had some really cool branching ones last summer, with lots of flowers on each plant. Maybe try winter sowing some seeds... get a milk jug or something similar (I use kitty litter jugs because I have lots of them), make some drainage holes in the bottom, cut it so the bottom part is 3-4" deep, add some potting soil, plant and water your seeds, tape the jug back together with some duct tape, leave the cap off, and put it outside in the shade somewhere to do its own thing. Check it every now and then and you should get plenty of sunflower seedlings to grow! Smiling


Wowee, I sure will! I too have many cat litter jugs since I have 3 cats! And last time the one and only plant I got was in a shady area and I
imagine sun would of been better?
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Feb 11, 2015 5:54 PM CST
Well, they are called "sunflowers," after all... Big Grin
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Name: Linda
Omaha, N.E (Zone 5b)
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freedombel
Feb 11, 2015 7:11 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:Well, they are called "sunflowers," after all... Big Grin


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