Sunflowers For Birds

Save money feeding birds by harvesting sunflower seeds from your garden.

Sunflowers for Birds | Birds & BloomsSTEVE AND DAVE MASLOWSKI

Pick the Right Variety
You can find many sunflower options on the market today, but not all of them are suitable food sources for birds. When selecting sunflowers, make sure they produce a good supply of seeds. Some of our top picks include Mammoth Grey Stripe, Paul Bunyan and Aztec Gold.

Growing Tips
Sunflowers are truly one of the easiest plants to grow, but they do have a few requirements. They need at least six hours of sunlight per day and well-drained soil. They benefit from organic matter, and also keep the area under sunflowers mulched for better results.

Ready for Seeds
Sunflowers have the best seed buffet in late summer to early fall. For longer harvest time, stagger your planting, early spring to midsummer. This way, you can attract birds for months.

Harvest Tip
Gather your sunflower heads, and put them in a dry place to dehydrate. You can then hang them out by your feeders, extending the sunflower season all the way into fall.

Here are some species you may attract by planting sunflowers.

  • Cardinals
  • Chickadees
  • House finches
  • Titmice
  • Grosbeaks
  • Nuthatches
  • Goldfinches
  • Red-bellied woodpeckers
  • Pine siskins