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Fun Ideas for Your Cut Sunflowers

You've explored our sunflower field and picked the sunflowers that you love! Here are some ideas on what to do with those beauties.

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Press Sunflowers and Put in a Photo Frame

Once your sunflower has gotten its use, you can press the sunflower and flatten it over the course of a few days

Try using a heavy book or item that will apply pressure and lay flat.

Once it is flat enough, you can place in a photo frame. Think about options such as goodwill or old frames you no longer use.

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Recycle as Bird Seed

Give back to nature with the best type of seed for feeding birds, a sunflower seed! 

Option 1:

Leave sunflower to lay out in an open area for the birds to fly down and grab. Can also hang by stalk upside-down for birds to pick the seeds out themselves


Option 2:

Leave sunflower to dry out, pick seeds and put into the bird feeder

 

Larger seeds make for the best bird seed, but any sunflower will do. Black oil seeds are the best for birds to swallow (not striped).
 

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Harvest Seeds to Enjoy Yourself

All sunflower seeds are edible, but some seeds are better than others. 
 

All of the below are best for eating

  • Mammoth grey stripe

  • Mammoth Russian

  • Titan

  • Hopi black dye

  • Paul bunyan

  • Sunzilla


Short sunflowers with good edible seeds

 

  • Royal 

  • Super Snack

How to Harvest

  • Seeds are normally ready for harvest 30-45 days after the flower opens 

  • Seeds are ripe when the flower head turns from green to yellow    

  • Seed head should be brown 

  • Cut the sunflower stem, leave seeds out to dry (a place protected from the birds) 

  • Can hang upside-down and seeds will fall out on their own as they dry out

Roasting Your Seeds

 

  • Remove the seeds (4 cups)

  • Place in a bowl with water & 1/3 cup salt. Soak for 8 hours (or overnight)

  • Drain, dry on a paper towel

  • Spread on the baking sheet with lined parchment paper 
     

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Self Care Goodies with Sunflower Petals

Make your own sunflower salve, oil, soap, lip balm, lotion bars, and more!

Find the recipes and instructions at thenerdyfarmwife.com

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Dried Sunflower Crafts

  • Use dried petals to make your initials in photo frame

  • Dream catcher, use dried stems of sunflowers

  • Dried flower shadow box

  • Terrarium, incorporate dried sunflowers

  • Door wreath, incorporate dried sunflowers

  • Use petal in canvas painting

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