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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

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Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
818 Posts

Posted - Oct 11 2019 :  02:30:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was out saving seed from my Mexican sunflowers yesterday and I absolutely love them. They are so beautiful in the fall. And very easy to grow---often self seeding in the garden. Does anyone else grow this beautiful flower? My garden is also full of morning glories a friend gave me to plant one year and I was dumb enough to do it. They are beautiful, but truly a pest. Every year I pull so many up and still come fall the garden is full of them.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4529 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4529 Posts

Posted - Oct 11 2019 :  05:01:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara I haven't grown the Mexican variety but I have grown the giant Russian sunflowers. In the mornings the heads were facing east and would follow the sun across the sky so by evening they were facing west. By morning they were facing east again. I would like to grow them again but too much shade.

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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

552 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
552 Posts

Posted - Oct 11 2019 :  11:11:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the way the sunflowers follow the sun during the day. I also have a yard that is too shady for sunflowers and other sunloving plants anymore; over the last 35 years trees have grown over the yard. Sometimes I miss not being able to grow them but I sure do appreciate the shade in summer.

Judith

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gramadinah
True Blue Farmgirl

3484 Posts

Diana
Orofino ID
USA
3484 Posts

Posted - Oct 11 2019 :  12:40:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pictures please.
Diana


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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

818 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
818 Posts

Posted - Oct 13 2019 :  07:27:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love to try all kinds of sunflowers---Sara---where did you find seed for the Russian giant ones? They sound interesting.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

4529 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
4529 Posts

Posted - Oct 13 2019 :  08:14:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara it was years ago so I don't remember which seed catalog I ordered them from. Then I lived on 3/4 of an acre with plenty of sun. I do miss growing sunflowers.

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ddmashayekhi
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Dawn
Naperville Illinois
USA
4154 Posts

Posted - Oct 13 2019 :  1:31:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a full shade yard, but the Mexican Sunflowers are a big favorite at the Chicago Botanical Garden. I love their vibrant colors and if we ever move to a home with a sunny yard I will definitely plant them. Enjoy growing yours and please post pictures when they bloom

Dawn in IL

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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

576 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
576 Posts

Posted - Oct 14 2019 :  6:16:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have never heard of the Mexican Sunflower. I do love sunflowers, though. There is something so happy about them. I will have to see if I can find some seeds around here and plant some.

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12679 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12679 Posts

Posted - Oct 14 2019 :  10:05:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
HG56,, are the Mexican Sunflowers the ones that are 2 toned?
oh,,, and I luv Morning Glories and Moon flowers(a nite blooming type of morning glory that smells like baby powder) but they just don't grow to well out here where I live.. Bummer!


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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

552 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
552 Posts

Posted - Oct 15 2019 :  10:46:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Grace -- I can grow morning glories with no problem but have tried several times to grow moonflowers with no luck, no matter what I do. I've tried soaking the seeds, nicking them a little, and just plating them but they refuse to grow for me. Maybe it's a west coast thing?

Judith

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12679 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12679 Posts

Posted - Oct 15 2019 :  6:27:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Judith,,, Mine would grow, but were a tad spindly.. but oh my! at dusk when the sun went down the scent was lovely,, like baby powder.
I soaked mine over night and then planted them.. but out of a package of 10-12 seeds, usually only 2-3 would sprout..
I guess they are a bit fussy,,, unlike morning glories and sun flowers that sprout at a sneeze...

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

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Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
1729 Posts

Posted - Oct 15 2019 :  6:42:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Barbara!
Mexican sunflowers grow wild here along our roads! Right kind of weather and conditions! As for your question, YES! I do have them in my garden along with all kinds of other beautuful flowers! I'm a flower garden nut! I've been harvesting seeds like crazy! (Zinnia, dahlias, cardinal vine, lantana, blue plumbago(?), moon flowers, violet bells of some sort, cosmos of all kinds, mexican sunflowers, milkweed, marigolds, sage, and about 3 others I can't name. Would you like some seeds???

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Dianna
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

552 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
552 Posts

Posted - Oct 15 2019 :  6:47:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We have Jerusalem Artichokes growing alongside our roads; they look like sunflowers. They have edible tubers but I haven't tried them yet. I think they are called Sunchokes in the store.

Judith

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

818 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
818 Posts

Posted - Oct 17 2019 :  03:22:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Diana---I would love some seeds---how nice of you. Whatever you think is easy to grow is best for me. I bet your flowers are beautiful. I have to plant mine in the vegetable garden or in pots on the patio because of deer. I can't imagine them growing wild by the road---that would be awesome. Grace---the Mexican sunflower is not a true sunflower. It is covered with little orange blooms all season long and gets to be six feet tall. I discovered them by accident' A lady I helped got some plants reduced at Lowes and we planted them along her driveway and forgot we had---they grew up and bloomed and we were amazed. '

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

1729 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
1729 Posts

Posted - Oct 18 2019 :  5:40:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barbara, email me your address! I gathered seeds today and took pictures so you could know what each of them are ok?!
Grace, these are the mexican sunflowers that grow wild around here PLUS in my garden! :)


Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12679 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12679 Posts

Posted - Oct 18 2019 :  7:07:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Dianna,, they are lovely.. Thank you..

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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

818 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
818 Posts

Posted - Oct 19 2019 :  06:32:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank-you so very much Diana---an email is being sent.

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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

1729 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
1729 Posts

Posted - Oct 19 2019 :  07:01:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got it!! I'll send pics first as the seeds will be on their way! Can't wait for spring!! Lol

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

552 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
552 Posts

Posted - Oct 19 2019 :  11:22:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow -- those are beautiful! Not at all like our plain old yeller ones.

Judith

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NatChap
True Blue Farmgirl

58 Posts

Natalie
Clarkesville GA
USA
58 Posts

Posted - Oct 19 2019 :  1:09:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Those are gorgeous! Around the corner is a little farm stand where the man sells sunflowers, but he doesn't have any as pretty as these!

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Natalie

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Edited by - NatChap on Oct 19 2019 1:23:53 PM
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