How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds


Sunflowers are wonderful to look at through the summer months, and it's easy to harvest the seeds when they are done growing. You can harvest your sunflowers seeds to be roasted for a treat. The seeds are high in vitamin E and selenium, making them nutritious, as well. You can also harvest your sunflower seeds for an even bigger crop the following year. Here's how to harvest seeds from your sunflowers.

Step 1

Watch you sunflowers for the proper time to harvest your seeds. Let the flower petals dry and fall off, and let the head dry.

Step 2

Loosen a couple of seeds by pressing against them with your thumb. Seeds are ready when black and white stripes appear.

Step 3

Cut the sunflower about 1 foot down from the flower head on the stem with your scissors.

Step 4

Rub the seeds of the sunflower briskly with your fingers to loosen them. Do this over your paper bag. The seeds will fall into your paper bag easily.

Step 5

Store your seeds in a glass jar, and put them in the freezer till you are ready to use them.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunflowers
  • Scissors
  • Paper bag
  • Glass jar


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Keywords: sunflower seeds, flowers, harvesting

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Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.