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Are BOSS (black oil sunflower seeds) plantable?

 
Gary Park
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I have a lot of hilly area that I just removed honeysuckles and brush from and want to plant a cover crop for next year.  I have most of a 50lb. bag of BOSS and wondered if they are plantable?  Thought it would be spectacular to have hills of sunflowers following the sun this summer.
 
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we have someone living here that buys them for the birds, well the birds plant these things EVERYWHERE! we have them popping up all over the place.
 
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I've had plenty sprout under bird feeders, so I would say yes.  should be easy to do a germination test on them since you've got so many.
 
Gary Park
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Great!  Thanks for the quick replies.  This will be the area I plan on planting..hope the pics work.

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Dave Miller
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Yes, the BOSS seeds will grow and en masse they are spectacular!  If you leave them after they go to seed, you will attract a lot of birds.

I have some photos somewhere, perhaps I'll post one.
 
                            
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Sunflowers generally need a lot of sun.  They may grow some in semi-shady areas, but they won't do well at all in the shade.  (I live in the sunflower state, KS)
Or does that area get more sun than what I'm guessing?
 
Gary Park
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Marianne wrote:
Sunflowers generally need a lot of sun.  They may grow some in semi-shady areas, but they won't do well at all in the shade.  (I live in the sunflower state, KS)
Or does that area get more sun than what I'm guessing?


It ranges from full shade to full sun.  I'm working on getting some full sun areas on my 1-acre since it was almost complete shade 3 years ago.  Last year 2 sunflowers just popped up in the garden and this area will get similar sun.  Compared to packets of seeds, this huge bad for $20 would compare to a packet of seeds selling for a penny!
 
                            
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O wow, bargain!!    I hope they do well for you.
I have been trying to get more wild sunflowers growing on our property, too.  The hens and wild birds just gobble the seeds as soon as they hit the ground, so it's slow-go...or slow-gro!
 
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