Thistle: Don't Blame the Bird Seed

By Chillybean
November 2, 2015

Bird watchers put out thistle for Goldfinches, Pine Siskins, and others. The small black seed is packed with the protein and fat the little birds need. When thistle starts sprouting in their yards, some determine to never use this feed again.

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Nov 1, 2015 10:28 PM CST
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Name: Keith
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Zinnias Plays in the sandbox Roses Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Organic Gardener
Region: New York Native Plants and Wildflowers Lilies Seed Starter Spiders! Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I have had Nyjer seed sprout for me, as the flower almost looks marigold-ish. I've had bags spill on the ground and some plants do result, but mabye a handful only.

Thistle grows great but from seed you don't get much seed from the resulting flower.
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Nov 2, 2015 3:57 AM CST
Name: John
St.Osyth Nr Clacton on Sea. E
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I think it's worth having a few seeds germinating to see the birds in the garden. Nyjer does seem to sprout over here, but it only takes a couple of seconds with the mower to get rid of it. Nice article. Thank You!
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Dec 15, 2022 9:22 AM CST

This sprouts! All in my flower beds, all in my veg, I fight it all summer since my neighbor became a bird watcher. I love birds do what I can to help them, but the thistle is invasive and what the birds "plant" produces more seed.
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Jan 6, 2023 5:46 PM CST
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Name: Keith
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Zinnias Plays in the sandbox Roses Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Organic Gardener
Region: New York Native Plants and Wildflowers Lilies Seed Starter Spiders! Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I get a variety of brassicas from bird seed that sprout. Free seedlings to grow!
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