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Hi.  We planted some perennial, multiple bloom sunflowers in our back garden here in Florida.  We had perfect sunflower weather this summer and a couple of our plants are well over ten feet high.  We've tried staking them but can't find wooden stakes taller than 6 feet.  If we cut the stems back to five feet or so, which would allow us to keep them upright via stakes, will the plant continue to produce blooms beyond the cut?  Thanks. 

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,862
    Doubt it. Try putting the stakes at 45 degrees angle instead of upright. The tops will flex.  That is how trees are recommended to be staked now.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Thank you.  We'll try that.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,019
    If you have a fence, you can try in future years to grow them a long side. It makes for easier support, I find.
  • Songbird-1Songbird-1 Posts: 4,004
    When we grew tall sunflowers, I used to put another cane next to one in the ground , slide it up to add length to the original  and tie them  together.( near top of original one).  Then added a support tie in the middle of the two canes where they overlapped  and keep on doing that as the plant grew. It seemed to work okay. 
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