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Sunflowers & Ants

Sunflowers & Ants. Like Jack clambering up the beanstalk, ants ascend sunflowers (*Helianthus spp.*) in search of treasure. Some ants climb such dizzying heights to collect nectar from small pores at the bases of the leaves. Others follow in the footsteps of tiny, sap-sucking insects that drench the plants in sweet, gooey excrement. Nectar-drinking...

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Why Are My Sunflower Sprouts Drooping?

Why Are My Sunflower Sprouts Drooping?. Sunflowers grow readily from seed sown directly in the garden, or you can start them in peat pots indoors for later transplanting. The seedlings can suffer some problems early in their lives if you don't provide them with the proper care. Wilting and drooping over are some of the first signs that something is...

Learn What's the Difference Between Sunflowers & Weeds?

What's the Difference Between Sunflowers & Weeds?

What's the Difference Between Sunflowers & Weeds?. Ralph Waldo Emerson is famously credited with describing a weed as "a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Although the virtues of the sunflower are widely recognized, the attractive plant is also still considered a weed in some contexts.

Can You Root a Rose by Putting a Cutting in Water? Roses are a traditional and very elegant flower. Rose bushes can be grown from potted plants or cuttings of existing rose bushes.

The Difference Between Safflower & Sunflower

The Difference Between Safflower & Sunflower. Safflowers (Carthamus tinctorius) and sunflowers (Helianthus spp.) share similarities, such as the golden-yellow to orange petals, upright stalks and rough green leaves. They both bring a sunny element to the garden and attract birds when the flowers go to seed. Where these two flowers show their...

The Best Soil for Strawberry Plants. Strawberries prefer well-drained soil that's high in organic matter. The best soil for strawberries drains away excess water so the plants don't rot and contains ample amounts of well-rotted manure or compost.

Wilting Sunflowers

Sunflowers can suffer from wilting due to underwatering, carrot beetles, sunflower stem weevils, Verticillium wilt or root rots.

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What Time of Year Do Sunflowers Bloom?

Both annual and perennial sunflowers fill your garden with blossoms from mid-summer into late fall, but there are differences between them.

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What Plants Grow Well With Sunflowers?

What Plants Grow Well With Sunflowers?. Sunflowers are characterized by their large, daisy-like flowers, which are most commonly yellow with brown centers. Even miniature varieties of sunflowers are tall, growing between 2 and 4 feet in height, but giant versions grow up to 20 feet. Sunflowers cast their own shade and stand above many other plants....

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Why Do Sunflowers Always Face Toward the Sun?

Why Do Sunflowers Always Face Toward the Sun?. The common sunflower (*Helianthus annuus*) is an annual wildflower native to western North America and northern Mexico. Like other flowering plants, the sunflower’s leaves contain photoreceptors that “see” light, specifically the red and far-red portion of the visible light spectrum....

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What Eats Sunflower Plants?

What Eats Sunflower Plants?. The sunflower, with its tall stalks and distinctive yellow and black bloom, is a drought-tolerant plant with a short summer growing season. The beauty of the sunflower is appealing not only to people but insect pests that eat foliage, roots and flower of the plant. Cultural control and applying chemicals can keep your...

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About Dwarf Sunflowers

About Dwarf Sunflowers. Miniature versions of tall garden sunflower (Helianthus annuus), dwarf sunflowers are bred for short height and showy flowers. They come in yellow, orange, pink and reddish tones, often with more than one color in the flower. Flowers are single or double and vary in size and stem length. Some are good cut flowers. Dwarf...

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What Time of the Year Are Sunflowers Picked?

What Time of the Year Are Sunflowers Picked?. Sunflowers epitomize the bright, sunny days of summer by their name, and their large cheery yellow and red faces. They are tough and easy to grow, with multiple uses as cut flowers and food sources. Harvest instructions vary by intended use, so careful attention to planting and the time of year to pick...

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Sunflowers & Slug Bait

Sunflowers & Slug Bait. Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.) are annual and perennial flowering plants that are simple to grow and attract beneficial pollinators to a garden. Many varieties of sunflowers grow in all U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones, but not all perennial sunflowers are hardy in all USDA zones. A variety named...

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What to Do When a Sunflower Dies

What to Do When a Sunflower Dies. From the towering Russian Mammoth to the multi-branched, red-flowered Moulin Rouge, sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are bright ambassadors of sunny summer afternoons. When fall rolls around, however, the leaves die, the stalks brown and a top-heavy stalk sits awkwardly in your landscape. When sunflowers die, grab a...

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How Much Oil Do You Get From an Acre of Sunflowers?

How Much Oil Do You Get From an Acre of Sunflowers?. Sunflowers are one of the few truly American plants and were domesticated by Native Americans more than 3,000 years ago. Today, approximately 85 percent of all sunflowers grown in America are grown for their oil production, with the remaining seeds going to confectionery uses and bird feed....