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Dee-O-Gee August 20th, 2011 08:04 PM

Is it possible.....
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That Black Oiled Sunflower seeds from bird food can grow into lovely sunflowers? :shrug:

I've never bought or planted sunflowers but these just appeared next to my bird feeder and also volunteering in my rose bed.

They're so pretty! :lovestruck:




hazelrunpack August 20th, 2011 08:08 PM

Yep--black oil sunflower seeds are viable, as are striped sunflower seeds. Ours sprout up every year, only to be lopped off and stripped down to bare twigs by the bunnies... :frustrated: ...or by Brier... :o Very pretty, DOG!

Goldfields August 20th, 2011 08:29 PM

I grow them deliberately, from bought packets of seeds, while my husband grows them by accident, spilling bird seed when he feeds our cockatoo. :) Yours look great Dee-O-Gee , and you've a lovely garden by the looks of things. Not a weed in sight - you should see the weeds here. LOL.
I am about to plant sunflower seeds now and have some new types this year, which will be interesting.

Dee-O-Gee August 20th, 2011 09:20 PM

Well Mollie & Gryphon can't reach these sunflowers nor the bird feeder so no gnawing for them. Bunnies on the other hand have free access but they haven't gotten into them yet. :fingerscr

I've seen your sunflowers GF and wonderful ones at that. :lovestruck: What are the new types your deciding on?

growler~GateKeeper August 21st, 2011 12:01 AM

I've also got one growing from a bird's sunflower seed in my mum's garden, I had it here at my apt in a pot until the building decided to power wash the balconies so I had to transplant it. It's only about 2 feet tall w/a flower head just starting :D

Goldfields August 21st, 2011 12:42 AM

The new ones are Lilac Spray, Italian White and Ice Lady. Italian White is a branching sunflower with dark chocolate centres and creamy white petals. Ice Lady has huge golden yellow heads up to 50 cms accross. Lilac Spray is a tall, multi-headed variety. Photo's will be posted if I get them growing. I'll be flat out this Spring and Summer I think. Might be getting a new dog shortly, a 2 year old female ACD, and training her and getting a good bond with her will cut into my gardening time I reckon. Bring on the longer days.

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