Sunflowers - Knowledgebase Question

Name: cheryl brander
No . Chelmsford, MA
Question by cbrander
March 13, 2000
My sunflowers have chewed leaves and straggley stalks. I have tried two years in a row with no luck. What am I doing wrong?

Answer from NGA
March 13, 2000


Sunflowers are usually robust plants with straight, strong stems and leaves that repel pests because of surface hairs.
Cool weather will produce spindly stems and small, tender leaves so perhaps you need to plant them a little later in the spring, in a sunnier location. Wait until the weather warms a bit, then try planting seeds 1/4" deep in deep, rich, well-draining soil, in a site that receives full sunshine all day. Warm weather will encourage rapid, erect stems and healthy leaves.

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