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Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
Oct 6, 2015 3:39 AM CST
i just picked an enormous sunflower head from a public garden.
its height was 2.5 meters and 25 centimeters diameter.
i started to take the seeds out.....there are thousands of seeds.....
what does one do with them?
o.k. i will keep them dry through the winter.....
but the amount......
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
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Oct 6, 2015 5:59 AM CST
I hope you got permission to pick it? I believe they should be left on the plant to dry out and for the birds to eat.
Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
Oct 6, 2015 6:10 AM CST
nobody was looking.not even the birds.....i was looking for a deeper answer thanks.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Oct 6, 2015 7:24 AM CST
I am sorry buy you will not like my answer any better.

Public gardens are not a place to harvest. Taking without permission is theft, plus you have robbed other park visitors of the enjoyment of viewing such a fine specimen. Had you asked, permission might have been granted. It is also possible that the park people wanted to save the seeds for next year. Also, I agree that the seed head needs to stay on the plant until the seed head dries and the seed matures.

The birds have been deprived of food and you have seed which is probably not mature enough to grow.

Please, next time ask first. Either ask permission for the park people or ask here on ATP and you will get a better answer.

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Name: david sevitt
jerusalem israel
Oct 6, 2015 12:57 PM CST
thank you for your reply

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