Posted: 10/10/2014 at 06:31
PinkandWhitePoppy, I've pm'd you my address. All those who have reqested seeds will get them and some were posted yesterday, the rest will be in the post today.
When I receive any I'll post on here and send a pm too.
Sorry only know what I have read about what would be the best way to ripen the sunflower seeds. I'm leaving mine on the plant and taking off tatty leaves to make them look a bit better. Last year some ripened at the allotment quite late in the year despite a lot of rain as the head was leaning forward slightly.
I have seen on Wiki How that if you cover the head with a brown paper bag, cut the head off leaving about 30cm of a stalk. Hang the brown bag with the sunflower head up somewhere dry where air can circulate. Periodically check the head to make sure it's not going mouldy. After about a week or so the seeds should be easily removed. If they are difficult to remove then leave the head for another while as they are not yet ripe and dried properly. Sunflower seeds will be easily removed when they are ripe and dry, if you're finding it difficult then they're not ready.