Last year I posted pictures of a Mongolian Giant Sunflower that was bigger than a basketball. Now I would like to share a photo that shows how tall these sunflowers get.
I’m holding a 10 foot 2×2 next to the stalk in the picture below. As you can see, the sunflower is more than ten feet tall. A plant that grows from seed to over ten feet tall in one year is very impressive.
It really is dramatic to witness the potential energy stored in such a small seed manifest itself as a huge plant. A plant that provides beautiful flowers and high protein seeds.
Growing sunflowers is popular with home gardeners and beekeepers. There are many varieties of sunflowers to choose from. Some only get a few feet tall and can be harvested by machines. Others are ornamental and grown for bouquets.
I enjoy growing tall sunflowers. The Mongolian Giant is the tallest sunflower I have ever grown. Next year I may try planting some pole beans next to the sunflowers and letting the beans use the tall stalks as a trellis.
Sunflower Seed Is Easy To Save
Originally, I obtained the seed for the Mongolian Giant Sunflower from Seed Savers Exchange. The ones shown in the picture were started from seeds I saved last year. Once the seed heads were dry, I picked the largest seed head and rubbed out the sunflower seeds with my thumb. Then I stored them in a manilla coin envelope. That is all there is to it.
I am now able to offer packets of 25 of these Mongolian Giant Sunflower seeds for sale in the weekend homestead store.
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Do you believe that saving seed year after year will produce a sunflower uniquely adapted to my growing climate? Let me know in the comments below.