The Q&A Archives: Preventing Sunflower Stems from Snapping

Question: A couple of my sunflower's stems have snapped due to rain and wind. What can I do to prevent this from happening? They are the kind that grow to be 18" tall and at the time of their "death" were about 3 and a half inches. Joe Costlow Montclair, VA

Answer: You could start your sunflowers in pots in a protected place, indoors under lights, or on a sunny porch or windowsill. Sunflowers should be started in 3"-4" pots of peat or paper so that you can cut away the pot and plant a large root ball. When they are large enough to withstand the elements, transplant them to the garden. Or, you could purchase or make some hoops to support floating row cover (see pg. 101 of the Burpee Spring catalog for "Lawn

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