Sunflowers for Birds

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Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflower

Time to start planning that flower garden for this summer. Sunflowers are one of the best plants you can have in your garden. You can attract the following bird species: cardinals, chickadees, house finches, titmice, grosbeaks, nuthatches, goldfinches, red-bellied woodpeckers, and pine siskins.

Pick the Right Variety

You can find many sunflower options on the market today, but not all of them are suitable food sources for birds. When selecting sunflowers, make sure they produce a good supply of seeds. Some of experts’ top picks include Mammoth Grey Stripe, Paul Bunyan, and Aztec Gold.

Growing Tips

Sunflowers are truly one of the easiest plants to grow, but they do have a few requirements. They need at least six hours of sunlight per day and well-drained soil. They benefit from organic matter, and also keep the area under sunflowers mulched for better results.main-qimg-5977490348a0e3209b5297e1e5303e06-c

Ready for Seeds

Sunflowers have the best seed buffet in late summer to early fall. For longer harvest time, stagger your planting, early spring to midsummer. This way, you can attract birds for months.

Harvest Tip

Gather your sunflower heads, and put them in a dry place to dehydrate. You can then hang them out by your feeders, extending the sunflower season all the way into fall.

 

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2 thoughts on “Sunflowers for Birds

  1. Someday, I must write about my experience with sunflowers. I made the mistake of not planting them for the birds. Instead, I planted them for my Okie neighbor, who, being an Okie, was very fond of them. They really looked great along the driveway, just inside a juniper hedge. There were a few flowers behind the hedge that could not be seen from the driveway. Thinking that no one would notice, I picked them and brought them in as a bit bouquet on a big vase in the middle of the dining room table. Well, someone did notice. Actually, it was a whole herd of tiny yellow someones. I came home from work to find a HUGE herd of finches feasting in MY dining room. When I came in, there was a brief pause as they all looked at me, and feathers drifted silently down from the chandelier. Suddenly, they all flew out the window in a flurry of more feathers and sunflower frass, leaving me with a mess of frass, feathers and tiny poops everywhere! . . . even on the chandelier above! What a mess!

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