Sunflowers: To Deadhead or Not to Deadhead?

The bright yellow faces of the sunflowers are such a cheerful sight, but the dilemma facing gardeners is whether or not to deadhead the spent flowers.

Squirrel eating sunflower

Sunflower seeds are good for you.

By removing dead sunflower heads as they fade, you are likely to be rewarded with side shoots resulting in many smaller flowers, making summer linger a little bit longer. This is a good option if there it is still enough time for the secondary flowers to bloom. When autumn is fast approaching, the better option is to leave the dead flowers on the plants for birds and other wildlife. However I caught this cute little squirrel tucking in this morning.

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