Sunflowers Self Seeding - Knowledgebase Question

Port Jervis, NY
Question by bd_moore
October 25, 1999
Will the annual sunflowers have a permanent place in my garden from reseeding, by just letting the seeds fall where they may, or will the birds and squirrels eat them all or the winter kill off the seeds?

Answer from NGA
October 25, 1999


In my garden, the sunflowers do not usually self sow very well. In part this is due to growing hybrid varieties, also in part due to the seeds being eaten, and also I suspect because they may rot during the winter. For these reasons I usually plant new seed outdoors each spring.

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