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Small bent sunflower and wilting/drooping.

I have 4 sunflowers i planted at the same time. 1 is much smaller than the rest and bent a bit. Can the smaller one be straightened and grow to full height? I transplanted all of them last evening when it was cool out .This morning one was drooping/wilting a bit. So i added a bit of water, less than 1/8 th a cup. 3 hours later another one was drooping. How long till they recover from transplant? They were growing strong and fast although the stem is still thin. About a little less than a foot tall for 3 of them and roughly 6 inches height for the small one,they are all the  red velvet lady i think.
Any help greatly appreciated! 


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,575
    I think you need to be a bit more generous with the water. The plants are still babies and you will need to water them regularly until the root systems have grown out into the surrounding soil.
    As to the small, bent sunflower, it might catch up with the others and you could straighten it out by tying it into a cane but it could just be a dodgy plant that will never come up to expectations.

  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,390
    I've got very similar situation. My son (2 1/2) and I have grown sunflowers from seed this year - 1 didn't grow and the other three have grown with one being clearly tallest, one much much shorter and one in the middle. 

    Like the three bears

    The baby one is looking very sad now, because while we were planting them out yesterday, my son picked it up by the stem, while still in the pot and its now damaged and floppy - I've tied it to a cane but it's probably doomed. At least the other two are growing well though
    East Yorkshire
  • JacienaJaciena Posts: 3
    So the small bent one and the largest have made a strong come back but the medium one still looks slightly wilted with some leaves wrinkled in but not crunchy just soft and limp. They are all in the same place and get same amounts of water. Watered them this morning, what are the chances of it also making a come back?
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267
    They look a bit dry, give them a good soaking to bed in then don't water for a couple of days. 
  • JacienaJaciena Posts: 3
    The entire top is soaked but camera didn't pick it up. Added about 3 cups worth of water to each sunflower.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,932
    I agree... much more water needed. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,079
    Agree with the others - the water needs to soak in down to the bottom of the pot, not just wetting the top. If the water is running down the edges and out of the bottom without soaking in (which can happen if the compost has dried out) plunge the pot into a bucket of water and hold it under the surface until air bubbles stop coming out, then let it drain off.  After that the water should soak in fine next time.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    I'd agree with Hazel too - they've been put in pots which are too big for the stage they're at. Only pot on when roots start coming through the bottom. That way, you know that the plant has a decent enough root system to support the upper growth.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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