Sunflowers -- Harvesting

By The Old House Web
Sunflower seeds are ripe when they all fall off the head, or the birds start eating them. To prevent loss, cover the heads with a paper sack once the yellow petals start turning brown. Secure the sack with a rubber band or twist tie to prevent seeds from dropping.

Heads can also be cut and placed in a paper sack once a few seeds start turning the traditional black with white stripes. The flavor will not be as good as those ripened on the plant, but less loss will occur.

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