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Annual Sunflowers Are Pretty and Easy To Grow

By Newyorkrita
March 11, 2015

Big, bold and beautiful. Sunflowers make a grand statement.

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jmorth
Mar 10, 2015 6:50 PM CST
And, they re-seed themselves.
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Newyorkrita
Mar 10, 2015 7:38 PM CST
They do, but not necessarily where you wanted them to grow. Hilarious!
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quietyard
Mar 10, 2015 8:11 PM CST
I love sunflowers Rita, but the Gold Finches here rip the leaves and the flower head to shreds as soon as they start getting tall. Crying I have a flock of Gold Finches here now...boohoo. I think I mentioned this on the Front Porch last year.
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 10, 2015 9:00 PM CST
I have goldfinches too. They eat the flowers as soon as they get near ripe. If you don't want that then instead of the small black oil sunflower types (which those goldfinches love) plant the larger seeded striped seeds. At least around here the goldfinches leave the large striped for the squirrels to chew on.
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quietyard
Mar 10, 2015 9:13 PM CST
Thanks for that info, Rita. Trouble is they tear up the plants before the seed head gets formed. . Thumbs down I will look into the striped seeds.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 10, 2015 9:23 PM CST
quietyard said:Thanks for that info, Rita. Trouble is they tear up the plants before the seed head gets formed. . Thumbs down I will look into the striped seeds.


Oh dear. They leave the flowers alone here until those seeds start to get ripe. Then it's eating time.
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jmorth
Mar 10, 2015 9:28 PM CST
and re-seed well ...
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Goldfinches and Cardinals really start visiting when the seed heads produce...sometimes I see squirrels stealing whole heads of seeds.

Stealing a head
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Cardinal and some gabby goldfinches

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and finally a Monarch Thumb of 2015-03-11/jmorth/e27b8e

All pics during a second week of Sept.

Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Newyorkrita
Mar 10, 2015 9:34 PM CST
Oh my. Those birds are really having a fest. Great pictures. Thumbs up
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jmorth
Mar 10, 2015 9:35 PM CST
Thanks
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Marilyn
Mar 11, 2015 8:30 AM CST
I agree Great pics! Thumbs up
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bxncbx
Mar 12, 2015 6:47 PM CST
Do any of you have problems with borers? I have a friend in Westchester NY who always has her sunflowers devoured by borers. They are in the stalks & flower heads. They are really hard to get rid of! I was hoping someone might know how to get rid of them without spraying lots of harsh chemicals.
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Newyorkrita
Mar 12, 2015 6:56 PM CST
No, none of that here!
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jmorth
Mar 13, 2015 10:52 AM CST
nor here
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.

Birdielover
Mar 14, 2015 8:36 AM CST
Great pictures! Interesting, I grow sunflowers MAINLY because of the goldfinches... I love them!
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Rose1656
Mar 14, 2015 1:16 PM CST
Jmorth,

How do you keep your tall ones upright? I've tried them in my yard and they always fall over! I live in sand, so I'm not sure if that has something to do with it...I'd love to try them again, but maybe I should just go with the shorter ones. They seem to do okay.
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Newyorkrita
Mar 14, 2015 1:30 PM CST
Mostly mine stay upright and I have not had to steak them. Once I did after a storm. But if they are planted too closely they get spindly, they need room to spread apart so as to make strong stems.
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Rose1656
Mar 14, 2015 4:22 PM CST
Thanks! I'll try them again and plant them further apart. I do love the tall ones.
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Natalie
Mar 19, 2015 9:44 PM CST
@jmorth, what a stunning "living fence" you had! Love it! Hurray! Hurray!

I grew Russian Giant sunflowers for the first time last year, and I never saw a goldfinch on them, nor did they do any damage to the plants. I have a flock of goldfinch here all year, and they didn't touch that one. Maybe because it is the striped variety. That plant was giant, and lived up to its name! We have wind here almost constantly, and I didn't have to stake it, which was great! I will be growing many more this year! Last year was just to see if they would do well, and they did. I'll be adding many other varieties this year, and I can't wait to get started!
Natalie
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Mar 20, 2015 9:49 AM CST
Natalie, try some of the smaller black oil seeds for the goldfinches also. Thumbs up
Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Mar 20, 2015 9:58 AM CST
I will be this year, Rita. I bought lots of different seeds. Can't wait to get started! Last year was kind of a test run, just to see if they would survive!
Natalie

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