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Old 09-09-2016, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Kansas City
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I live in Kansas. Does anyone know where I can buy seeds to grow the old-fashion sunflower that we see growing all over?
Than you.
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Old 09-09-2016, 05:31 PM
 
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Since Kansas is the Sunflower State it seems to me any Garden Center in places like Lowe's, Home Depot, the Mom & Pop Nurseries, Ace hardware or others would stock those seeds in their seed dept. areas. If not they could order them for you.
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Old 09-09-2016, 09:45 PM
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If they're "growing all over", why not collect some seeds from them? You already know they are well-suited to your climate.
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:23 AM
 
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Stop at an easily accessible road side and cut a seed head or two. Use garden clippers and wear gloves. If you post a picture of what you consider old-fashioned I may have seeds. We had two "volunteers" we cut last week when they reached the 15 foot mark.
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Old 09-13-2016, 11:31 AM
 
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Well, I didn't know if it was legal or not to cut some heads for the seeds. You know how things are these day- EVERYTHING seems to be endangered. I'll stop and cut some and if they don't hand-cuff me it's legal!
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:25 PM
 
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Well, I didn't know if it was legal or not to cut some heads for the seeds. You know how things are these day- EVERYTHING seems to be endangered. I'll stop and cut some and if they don't hand-cuff me it's legal!
Give them a good home, enjoy them and watch the birds flock to them.
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Old 09-13-2016, 08:19 PM
 
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Stop at an easily accessible road side and cut a seed head or two. Use garden clippers and wear gloves. If you post a picture of what you consider old-fashioned I may have seeds. We had two "volunteers" we cut last week when they reached the 15 foot mark.
I am seriously envious!
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Old 09-14-2016, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Did you know you can grow old-fashioned sunflowers from black oil sunflower bird seed? I have tons of them in my back yard because the birds kicked seeds out of the feeders and they took root in the mulch below. Most of them get 7-9 feet high, and then the birds eat the seeds directly from the flower heads as well, especially the yellow finches. Today I had a squirrel standing on a sunflower stalk eating seeds from one of the bird feeders - the stalks are that tall and strong!
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:11 PM
 
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Get the Seedsavers catalog, or look at it on-line. They have seeds for lots of various heirloom varieties of sunflowers. Seed Savers Exchange - Saving America's Heirloom Seeds.

To me the Irish Eyes variety looks most like the kind we have growing by the sides of the roads here in South Dakota now.
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Old 09-15-2016, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Kansas City
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Those tall Sunflowers you guys are talking about aren't the old fashioned wild sunflowers that grow along the road.
I have Mammoth Sunflowers that grow about 15 ft. tall. I have lots of different kinds of sunflowers I grow. Many do come up from the bird seed I feed to the birds. Some of them, I plant.
I just wanted some old-fashioned ones.
Oh goody, thank you for the Seed Savers Exchange. I'll look into that!
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