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Beginner Gardening: Mysterious White Sunflower Seeds

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July 29, 2012
8:36 AM

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I'm growing several varieties of sunflowers in my balcony simultaniously (its quite the jungle in there) and hand pollinated different kinds to see what the next generation would bring. I recently noticed one of the sunflowers is producing seeds that are completely white. They are plump and almost fully mature (many completely mature even) and yet they retain a surprisingly white color.

I am curious to what will happen with these seeds. Are they genetic defects? What caused this color? Any information would be nice. I searched the internet and found no information.

Many thanks in advance!

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Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

July 31, 2012
8:23 AM

Post #9224699

There are a few sunflower varieties that naturally produce white seeds. You plant is not a mutant. The white seeds are generally used in the production of sunflower oil.

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