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Sunflower, Giant Greystripe
Giant Greystripe Sunflower
Sunflower, Giant Greystripe
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Giant Greystripe Sunflower
Helianthus annuus

Along with being a giant plant with beautiful, giant flower heads, the seeds are the large, edible snacking-type.  They are tasty raw or roasted and lightly salted.  They can be used as a snack, or the meats make a nice addition to bread, rolls, or as a topping to a green salad.  Can also be used as a high protein bird or chicken feed.  Each packet contains four grams, which is approximately 30 seeds.

Days to germination – 10 to 14
Days to harvest – 80 to 100 days
Plant Height – 6 to 8 feet
Plant Spacing – 18 to 24 in.
Planting depth – 1 inch
Flower heads – 10 to 12 inches diameter
Seeds per Head – A Lot!!!

Planting Instructions:

These sunflowers are generally easy to grow and tolerant of most garden soils.  Well-drained soil is preferred.  They make a good windbreak but should be planted so that they don't shade your garden.

Sow directly in the garden after all danger of frost is past.  Thin seedlings to eight inches and then to two feet to avoid overcrowding.  I have had pretty good success with transplanting as long as you do not disturb the roots of the other plants.

For maximum size, feed the plants weekly.  These are both heat and drought tolerant after they are established.

Harvesting and Use:

Harvest the seeds when the seeds look mature, the petals are all dried and the back of the flower heads have turned yellow.  Cut from the stalks and hang upside down in a  warm dry place.  Rub the seeds out of the head when they come out with little coaxing.  Allow the seeds to continue to cure until the shells are brittle and crack easily between your teeth.

Customer Reviews Average Rating review
Biggest I've ever seen.
Perfect germ, of course, indifferent to weather (while growing), no pest or disease (while growing) problems at all (even the deer won't touch them). Far larger than advertised; 10-11 ft and nicely uniform, stalks more like trunks, very large heads. Once they start to ripen, however, they seem to be prone to mold and rot; I don't remember applying any Bordeaux to them, so that might be my fault (they were going so well on their own!) Despite losses, I still have an impressive harvest and will be planting them again (and paying more attention to them).
Reviewed by: David Emigh from NW PA. on 12/1/2013
They grew over 10 feet tall. Half of the flowers produced a beautiful white seed and the other half produced grey striped seeds. Tasty seeds. The bugs loved them as well as the birds and the humans. =)
Reviewed by: Valerie Whitman from 38134. on 7/31/2012