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Aug 10, 2016 1:31 PM CST

I planted a few sunflowers a couple of months ago. When they began to grow they were creeping along parallel to the ground. As the stems strengthened they stood upright. Gradually they began to move toward the ground again. Now i have about six 3'-4' sunflowers that are leafy and starting to flower growing along the ground.

Why are they doing this and not standing nice and tall? The stems are thick and stable; they're just running along the ground.
Name: Jessie Worsham
Stockbridge, GA (Zone 8a)
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
Daylilies Hostas Heucheras Cat Lover Echinacea Hybridizer
Irises Region: Georgia
Aug 10, 2016 1:42 PM CST
Hi Dude! Welcome!
It may help us answer your question if you could tell us where you are located and what kind of sunflowers these are. A photo might help, too.
Name: Nico
Minnesota, US (Zone 3b)
Birds Houseplants Sempervivums
Aug 11, 2016 9:28 AM CST
I have a similar problem, but the ones that are leaning have very thin stems. We have one very thick stem that is perfectly straight, though... I think the problem with mine was the lighting, because they were planted just beside the fence (either that, or not getting enough rain... either way, I think it's because they're too sheltered). Is this maybe the problem?

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