Anyone else have malformed sunflowers?
I've had at least a quarter of my sunflowers develop creased disks with incomplete and lopsided ray petals this year. Some plantings had more than half the flowers turn out to be unusable, to the point where last weekend I had only enough flowers to get through the first two hours of the market.
Here's a pic:
From what I can find out, it sounds as if the sunflower midge may be to blame, yet this was the first year for sunflowers on that piece of ground. Maybe that doesn't matter.
Does anyone have experience with this kind of thing, or have a problem this year?