Drying Sunflowers - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by earlesgirls
June 26, 1998
Can sunflowers be dried, if so what type of sunflower is best to use?

Answer from NGA
June 26, 1998
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 http://www.burpee.com.

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