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 Post subject: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:41 pm 
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Well, I didn't do it, my boyfriend did. He cut the sunflowers down before the seeds had a chance to turn black and white. So now they're just white. Is there anything I can do to get the seeds to ripen if they've already been cut?

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 Post subject: Re: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:20 am 
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This isn't advice, more like a guess, but as a florist I know that once a flower has been cut there are only a couple ways it can behave. If you leave it out of water or harvest the seeds I can't see how it'd do what you want it too, it would just wilt and shrivel up. I think the only thing you could do is put it in water like a cut flower and keep the water really clean and fresh, and trim a little off the bottom of the stem, do these things probably once a day. This way the flower will either mature, how you want, or at least do nothing, but at least it will stay the same, as opposed to die. You could try putting it somewhere the flower will get sun but the water will stay shaded and cool. It'd probably get moldy if you have it outside.

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 Post subject: Re: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:19 pm 
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That's what I told my boyfriend and he said I was dumb!

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 Post subject: Re: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:34 pm 
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OK, solutionized. I think it's going to work!

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 Post subject: Re: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:17 pm 
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they look awesome in those bowls. like you're harvesting some sort of alien eggs

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 Post subject: Re: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
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That's obviously where the confusion was. Because everybody knows you have to harvest alien eggs before they turn black and white.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:30 pm 
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it's probably better this way anyway. i once grew sunflowers and before the seeds got to a suitable size, the heads were attacked by some sort of animal. at least this way they're inside.

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 Post subject: Re: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:51 pm 
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Yeah, I think this was a blessing in disguise.

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 Post subject: Re: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
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Well it'll be better if they ripen. They may not be fooled so easily by a bowl of water. But here's hoping!

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 Post subject: Re: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:53 am 
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ijustdiedinside wrote:
they look awesome in those bowls. like you're harvesting some sort of alien eggs



Dude!

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 Post subject: Re: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
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you'll probably be more successful with the ones on the left than the one on the right. the one on the right looks a little too immature with the flower bits still intact and relatively green.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:50 am 
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Seems to be working!!! Pics tomorrow.

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Those pictures are intriguing. So weird, so cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Harvested my sunflowers too early...advice?
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They look so big and fluffy! I want to nap on one!

Are they as soft as they look? I never knew sunflowers could be harvested like this.

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