October 14, 2016
Once your sunflower turns brown and starts to droop over…its time to start harvesting those sunflower seeds. Unfortunately the seeds need time to loosen up…They remain tight in the head of the plant. The best trick I learned was to tie a paper brown bag over the head. You could also use cheesecloth or similarly breathable fabric, but you should never use a plastic bag. Plastic will restrict the air flow, causing moisture to build up on the seeds. Tying a bag over the head prevents birds, squirrels, and most other wildlife from sneaking in and “harvesting” your sunflower seeds before you do. It also prevents the seeds from dropping to the ground and being lost.