Sunflowers are grown for their beautiful large yellow, orange flowers that bloom from summer to autumn. Sunflowers make excellent cut flowers but with just a few easy tips you can learn how to dry sunflowers.
Growing Sunflowers to Dry
Very few flowers say “summer” like the Sunflower. They grow extremely well here in Missouri. They tolerate the heat, the humidity, are resistant to many pests and they look beautiful in the garden.
As an annual plant, the Sunflower can come in a variety of colors, styles
Sunflowers are easy to grow. They are well loved by the bees and even the birds will favor them if you allow the brown centers to ripen into heavy heads filled with seeds.
Growing Organic and Heirloom Sunflowers to Dry
Have you looked at buying sunflower seeds? There are so many varities. Some are grown for seeds, some for the oil, others are grown for cut flowers. There are also heirlooms, hybrids, single stem
My Favorite Heirloom Sunflowers for Drying
Most of the seeds that I order come from a company here in Missouri. Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds has a wide array of sunflower seeds. A few of my favorite Sunflowers grow, include the Arikara, Taiyo, Henry Wilde, and finally, just for fun the children and I love growing the Titan S
When to Pick Sunflowers for Drying
Sunflowers are best picked on a dry day. Choose sunflowers that have blooms that are free of dew. Then, choose sunflowers whose heads are almost all the way open. Be sure to choose the prettiest ones that have the most petals in tact.
Easy Tips to Dry Sunflowers for Preserving
Bring the sunflowers in and remove any of the leaves from the stem. Tie a string around the sunflower. Then, hang it upside down to dry in a dark place. The drying process for sunflowers can take up to two weeks. Once the sunflower has dried, remove the string, and then use the sunflower in dried flower arrangements. One of my favorite ways to use the dried sunflower heads is on homemade fall wreaths.