sunflower - Knowledgebase Question

hyde park, Ma
Question by davidshauhn
August 26, 2010
My sunflower just came up.The next day the flowers looked like thay were bitten off. Any clue.I do have a dog.

Answer from NGA
August 26, 2010


While I suppose it's possible that a dog might bite off a flower, I think you'd find the torn flower on the ground (unless your dog was really, really, hungry!) More likely a caterpillar fed on the flower, especially if the petals were gone but the rest of the flower remained. I don't know what to suggest in terms of pest control - until you actually find whatever it is that might be feeding on the plant. Wish I had a solution for you!

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