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Jun 12, 2020 1:39 AM CST
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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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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Jun 12, 2020 7:51 AM CST
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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I haven't. Save the seed and plant them next year Big Grin
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Jun 12, 2020 8:55 AM CST
Milpitas, CA
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
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Jun 12, 2020 2:22 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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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?
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Jun 13, 2020 12:20 AM CST
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Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
Quitter's never Win
Birds Cat Lover Dog Lover Hummingbirder Organic Gardener
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.
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