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tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 13, 2007
6:59 PM

Post #3185334

I was doing some Winter Sowing today and did some sunflowers.

I have 2 seeds that look identical.

Is there a difference between "Skyscraper" and "Mammoth"

when i checked the plant files, I found mammoth but not skyscraper.
(I got skyscraper from Gurney's seeds)

TIA,

terese

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


February 13, 2007
11:09 PM

Post #3186136

A lot of sunflower seeds can look very similar. I wouldn't let that concern me.

I'm familiar with Mammoth, but not Skyscraper too. Sometimes...(but this may not be the case) a seed company will rename something to make it more appealing...or seem different to consumers. Like I said...this may not be true of this particular variety...but it's something to be aware of.
nifty413
Garland, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 13, 2007
11:14 PM

Post #3186155

Here's a link to the PlantFiles entry for 'Skyscraper'... http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/54673/index.html

Looking at the photo of 'Skyscraper' on Gurney's website, it looks like it has numerous flower heads. When I grew 'Mammoth' (many, many years ago) I remember them producing just one or two very large heads. I've never grown 'Skyscraper'. There probably is a slight difference in the taste of the seeds. Maybe someone can distinguish the characteristics further than I. :-)

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

February 14, 2007
2:35 AM

Post #3186736

nifty - thanks for the link -- dont know how i didnt find it with the search.

melody -- thanks for the info on the seeds.

Terry

Terry
Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)


February 14, 2007
7:54 PM

Post #3189153

They definitely will look similar - just like tomato seedlings tend to look alike and pity the poor gardener who tips a tray of seedlings and mixes up the labels! (Yep, it's happened to me ;o)

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