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Deer at heads off my sunflowers - are they done now ?

Hi everyone !

I Googled up and down and cannot find an answer..... we planted about a dozen sunflowers many weeks ago, they are about 2 feet high, and to make a long story short, deer have eaten the heads right off 4 of the plants at this point.  My son and I put up netting so that's good but my question is this...

what do I do now with the sunflowers that have no heads ?  Do I just pull them out of the soil ?

I am not sure if sunflowers are intelligent enough to know what to do in a case like this - the plants themselves are thriving, but NO heads image 

Will the sunflowers start to produce a new head ? or am I out of luck with these ones, and so I just remove them at this point ?

thanks much for any info !


  • I broke the head of one of mine last year by accident. I just left it, well, I cut it back to a pair of leaves and it sprouted again and flowered. I'd do the same with your lot, you have nothing to loose.

  • Hello there ladygardener2,

    I'm really sorry for the delay in replying !  I never got any email alert that you had responded, and I just today came in to update the story about my sunflowers.

    Thank you for your reply, and I'm happy to say that most of the sunflowers have now seem to be growing new heads !  I'm super excited !

    I've just uploaded a new video to my GrowLikeAPro YouTube channel here:

    To anyone watching, thank you !  and I hope this gives you hope if an animal eats the heads off of your sunflowers ! image

  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,550

    You have given me hope thank you as horses recently bit the heads off mine! 

  • Ah good to hear Beaus Mum image

    BTW, to anyone watching, I will be updating my video series on the sunflowers to show all progress on the flowers that had their heads eaten off.  I check them every day, so if I see something new I'll post it on my GrowLikeAPro YouTube channel.  You can also see updates on Twitter @growlikeapro

    Beaus Mum - good luck !

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