Asked on Mar 24, 2012

Sun Flower Seeds

CatSue KieneJanet


I Love feeding the out door Birds, I have huge area at our house next door that I want to plant Sun flowers seeds so I can get lots of them. What is the best kind to plant to get the most seeds? They sell Black oil in stores but what sun flower makes those? or are there Better ones?
Back of house next door, lots of sun light.
8 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 25, 2012

    It took some digging to find this, Theresa, but the Missouri Department of Conservation recommends Peredovick, a sunflower that is a high-yielding, late-maturing, small, black-seeded variety with a high oil content. It is an open-pollinated variety developed in Russia. If you can't find the seed locally, it is pretty widely available from online sources.

  • Theresa W
    on Mar 25, 2012

    Douglas thank you so much!! .I try to find them.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 25, 2012

    You're most welcome, Theresa.

  • Lindcurt
    on Mar 30, 2015

    Douglas, do you know if these will reseed themselves for next year, if left out in the garden for the winter birds to eat?

    • Sue Kiene
      on Aug 13, 2016

      Some will reseed themselves but realistically you will need to replant because you will have fewer in most cases. I just take some of the heads off the plants and dry them between sheets of mesh once dry you can take the seeds out over the winter. I kept lots so during the winter I also put some of the heads out for the bird.

  • Ol buck
    on Jun 12, 2015

    Just plant the seeds from the bag of birdseed. You will get what you are looking at Ol'buck

  • Janet
    on Aug 1, 2015

    Hi! I don't know the answer to your question, but I do want to give you an idea. When I plant sunflowers, I do it in stages. I plant seeds about every 10 to 14 days. That way they don't peak and decline at the same time. It extends the growing season.

  • Sue Kiene
    on Jul 23, 2016

    You did not say what you want the sunflower seeds for. I plant about 7-10 different kinds. Mostly mine are for the birds and last year I actually took a survey based on the sunflower heads to see which the birds liked best and it was not the big heads. The favorite was sunflowers that the plant is more like a bush and has lots of limbs with sunflower heads that are about the size of a child's fist. Each plant probably had 25-50 minimum flowers on them. Additionally there are so many different colors to choose from to make it truly beautiful. I have about a 20x30 area that I plant plus a long row all along the side of the garden which is probably another 30-40 feet long on top of the 20'

  • Cat
    on Aug 12, 2016

    Get a bunch of different kinds. The seed packets are cheap enough, and different varieties would be interesting.

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