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Hi I have some massive sunflowers..the heads are only just starting out..the stems are thick and strong and show no signs of rot however the leaves are drooping and have a lace like hole pattern..I have sprayed them with bug killer and tried propping them up they are over 6 feet tall but look wilted


  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,707
    They need a good deal of water. They are thirsty plants. Try giving buckets of water and see if they unwilt.
  • O right I have been watering them with a hose so quite difficult to see how much I've  watered you think they may need more? It looks like the top leaves are fine and the lower you go the worse the wilting  gets..
  • bcpathomebcpathome Buckinghamshire Posts: 538
    Water is the answer
  • I've heard over watering is a problem too...🤔
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,707
    I'm not sure you could overwater a sunflower, esp if it's in a pot or raised bed etc

    It wouldn't be happy as a bog plant, but short of that, you should be fine.
  • We have just had some rain..seems to have done the trick!
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 15,707
    Give it a good few buckets every few days.
  • Ok will try's been raining so that will help :D
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,198
    Glad the rain has perked them up.  :)
    As they get bigger, they certainly need plenty of water, so as said already, it's quite hard to overwater them [ even if you were in a wetter part of the country ] especially if they're tight against a fence or wall where they can be in a rain shadow, and also the foliage can prevent water getting right into the base. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • PrettyFlyForACactiPrettyFlyForACacti Newcastle upon TynePosts: 8
    I've been growing one too, planted it on 1st May and this is where we're at. Waiting for the flower seems never-ending though the bud is there!

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