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German man breaks Guinness record with 30-foot-tall sunflower plant

Hans-Peter Schiffer first held the sunflower height world record in 2009 and has since broken his own record three times.

By Ben Hooper

KARST, Germany, June 11 (UPI) -- A German gardener broke his own Guinness World Record by growing a sunflower plant measuring 30 feet and 1 inch high.

Hans-Peter Schiffer of Karst first held the record for tallest sunflower plant in 2009 with a 26-foot, 4-inch sunflower and he broke his own record in 2012 with a 27-foot plant.

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Schiffer again broke his record in 2013 with a plant measuring 28 feet and 8 inches tall.

"Some sunflowers are already so unbelievable tall, that it could be very possible to get even a taller one," Schiffer told Guinness World Records. "I am already very happy."

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