How-to Grow Sunflower Seeds by Linda Bailey

Advice on Growing Sunflower Seeds, in a few Quick Steps, by Mrs. Linda Bailey!

I love the look of sunflowers growing in my garden, but I love the taste of their seeds even more!

Sunflower Seeds in Bowl and Petals of Sunflowers Picture


Cereal Plant Roots, Herb Fruit Produce, Nuts, Grains, and Oils Picture

However I have had problems in the past with harvesting my sunflower seeds.

  • I live in a very hot and humid climate, so mold is a definite problem.
  • Birds and other animals also love to eat up my seeds before I can harvest them.
  • If either of these problems has hampered your seed production, just keep reading.

Pic of Nutritious Sunflower Seeds Accented with Metal Scooper Yellow SunFlowers


English: Sunflower Seeds Hulled and Dehulled Picture
English: Sunflower seeds, hulled and dehulled. Focus stacked from 7 images. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunflower seeds should be allowed to dry on the head. That means you don’t mess with the flower, when it starts drooping. If the head drops too far you can prop it up, but for the most part just leave the plant alone.

  • To prevent animals and insects from your sunflower seeds, and to help catch any seeds that might fall out, tie cheese cloth or a paper bag around the head of your sunflower.
  • Keep it on with a rubber band or piece of string.


Typically, these seeds are not very difficult to grow, harvest, and maintain, most beginner’s should be able to successfully grow this crop.

Different Types of Seeds: Seed Food Variety Selection with Titles Picture



If you live in a humid area, like I do, it might be best to cut off the head of the sunflower, leaving about a foot of stalk attached, and dry it in a covered, warm environment.

The garage or a garden shed is a great place to store the heads, until the seeds are completely dry. Hang the heads upside down, with the bag or cloth still around them.


Plants Growing and Sprouting Seeds
Plants Growing and Sprouting Seeds (Photo credit: Go Garden Guides)

Picture of Sunflower Oil and Sunflower Seeds

When the seeds are completely dry just leave the bag or cloth on and gently brush off the seeds.

  • If they give you any trouble then they are not dry enough to be harvested yet.
  • The seeds should easily brush off.

Variety of Seed Type Plants that Are Popular to Grow

How to Grow Advice on Sun Flower Seeds


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This post is contributed by Linda Bailey from She is a Texas-based writer who loves to write on the topics of housekeeping, green living, home decor, and more. She welcomes your comments and criticism, post it below!


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