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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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oneeyeluke
Jun 12, 2020 1:39 AM CST
Has anyone seen a sunflower grow this tall? It hasn't even flowered yet and is still in vegetative stage. Its planted on top of a 3 year old Hugelkultur.
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NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jun 12, 2020 7:51 AM CST
I haven't. Save the seed and plant them next year Big Grin
Donald
Milpitas, CA
SoulReaver009
Jun 12, 2020 8:55 AM CST
Lol call Guinness book of world records!

Wow, that is something.

Save me some sunflower seeds! nodding

What kind of fertilizer do you use? Can I get some? nodding
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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NMoasis
Jun 12, 2020 2:22 PM CST
Hi Luke. By coincidence I just posted yesterday about my tall sunflowers. These self-seed every year, and last year they were extraordinary. The tallest was 14 feet, which I was able to measure when it toppled over from being top-heavy in a rain. I don't know exactly what they are, but they are well adapted to this high arid area.

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This was the 14-footer:
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They come up each spring and I pull out most of them and leave others where I want them that year...a movable feast! Last year they were so thick in the side path I trimmed the lower leaves and made a tunnel to the patio.

What else in in your hugelkultur bed? Other than the massive sunflower, are you happy with the result?
For me, gardening is really just an excuse for playing in the dirt. Admittedly, plants are a satisfying by-product.
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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oneeyeluke
Jun 13, 2020 12:20 AM CST
I have made a Hugelkultur in the spot that the sunflower is growing. I dug out a 6x6 area about 3 ft deep, and planted large and small logs, limbs, sunflower stems, twigs, grass clippings, shredded leaves and poultry mix and then put the soil back on top making a mound. It's been about 3 years since I filled it and the mound has dropped to ground level. I have another one on the other side with a compost heap on top of it thats 2 years old.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌

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