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How to Save Sunflower Seeds

By Angela @daisyangel1
Early this year I sowed Little Leo Dwarf Sunflower seeds, into pots. I have been very impressed with this variety of sunflowers and every seed germinated. I was rewarded with a fabulous bright yellow display of flowers through the Summer. I want to ensure I have another great display next year, so it is time to save  Sunflower seeds.

Dwarf Sunflowers Little Leo variety

Dwarf Sunflowers Little Leo variety

Autumn has now arrived, the flower heads have died back and have been left to dry out in the greenhouse. I removed them from the plant around two weeks ago.  

Sunflower seeds are ready for harvesting when:-  


  • there are no petals remaining 
  • the back of the flower head will have turned brown  

My sunflower seeds have also turned black in colour, this resembles the seeds I planted earlier in the year. 

Saving sunflower seeds

Collecting Sunflower seeds

Once the sunflower seeds dry out sufficiently they should fall out easily as you rub them with your hand, be sure to have some paper underneath to capture them. I found I had quite a few seeds, more than the original 16 I had in the packet.
Whenever you save flower seeds be sure to label them, store them in a cool dry place and label them. Also do not forget to label them. That is right label them, ha! something I have forgotten to do occasionally, so be sure you do not forget.
You can also find my useful guide to saving Cornflower seeds.

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