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I would like to have that sucess. I have tried planting them in the past without much of a return due to drought and critters. I thought perhaps you were growing the perennial type of sunflower but it doesn't look like it. I especially noticed that bee on the dark sunflower picture because a friend who is a bee keeper and farmer said that only the dark red sunflowers attract a type of wasp that is a helpful predator to something that threatens honey bees. Sorry to not be more informative on that subject.
Hi there,,,don't give up on trying the grow them. My first year I planted 50, every single one of them got eaten by a critter! I'm not one to give up often so this year I tried again. Beautiful! I just wish I had planted more of them. I have a towering row between me and my neighbors! Just like the writer of this article I too have them delightfully everywhere due to squirrels. I have no idea why this year they did not get eaten, I think my resident bunnies relocated, lol. Either way, sunflowers make a wonderful fence!
Anne, that's very interesting. I have a hive myself so might research that a bit.
My critter problems are minimal because I have a dog & 5 cats who hang out in the garden. So the squirrels pretty much keep to the treetops, and the rabbits nest closer to the road.
I think that my method, not that it's really a "method," takes advantage of the fact that hundreds of seeds are getting planted by the wind & critters, so the sunflowers germinate all over the place & are thereby able to grow in the spots that suit them best.
Also, don't forget that tilling & digging probably would upset the sunflower cart.