spindly floppy annuals
Many of my taller annuals are lying almost flat...bachelor buttons, snapdragons, cosmos, larkspur, poppies, etc. This is my second year of gardening, so I'm sure I'm doing something wrong. Is it because I set out starts this year instead of planting seeds? Is it because I set out single stalks here and there instead of massing them, so they don't have neighbors to support them? Is it because of overhead watering? Is it because they get only a half day of sun (but last year my thick patch of cosmos did fine in the same place)? Or some other reason that hasn't occurred to me? I just don't feel like staking every annual. What are the most common causes of wholesale flopping of annuals?