My sunflowers have just about done flowering now, what should I do with them to

  1. leni sands profile image74
    leni sandsposted 7 years ago

    My sunflowers have just about done flowering now, what should I do with them to extract seeds & oil?

    Last year I didn't really do much with them apart from save the heads and put them in the greenhouse.  When I came to use the seeds this year, a mouse had devoured them.  This year I want to do the right thing by them but I am not sure how you extract the oil, etc.  I also wondered what other parts of the sunflower are useful - the leaves, stem.  They smiled so well at the sunshine this year it would be a shame to let them go unused.  I have four large sunflowes and three smallish ones.   Any ideas?  Please share - a hub on sunflowers and there uses would be fabulous.

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  2. leni sands profile image74
    leni sandsposted 7 years ago

    Just spotted a couple of spelling errors - too early for me yet and not enough caffeine - wish you could edit like with comments...

  3. IdeaMorphist profile image63
    IdeaMorphistposted 7 years ago

    whenever my mother and her friends harvested the sunflowers they had the only salvageable parts were all in the head of the flower. The would chop it right where the stem met the head and dry it in a hot non-humid area. Sometimes after drying for 4-5 days they would push the seeds out and save them for replanting or salting. I can remember another time they used them to make a dried arrangement with it. Hope this helps smile

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