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Nephew's sunflowers: going, going...

Posted by mark4321 9b (My Page) on
Thu, May 8, 08 at 0:39

I'm raising some sunflowers with my little nephew. Things have been fine until the last week. Suddenly the snails or perhaps biting insects are going wild (we have a hard time with those and can't bait them). Aphids have appeared and are crinklig the new growth, and the most frightening thing--possibly rust? has appeared and looks like it could take a major toll.

So we may have to start over soon. Does anyone have any favorites I might find in a local nursery? In terms of brands, I know we have Renee's, Seeds of Change and Ferry Morse (and I'm sure others). Varieties I've noticed in the past are the Mammoth varieties (I seem to remember these when I was a kid) and Sunzilla (I like the name).

Anyone? If no input we'll probably try Sunzilla.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Nephew's sunflowers: going, going...

All your sources are good ones. look for the giant ones. i'm in northern ca

RE: Nephew's sunflowers: going, going...

Here are mine, got them sent to me by Brian, the record breaker on here. I am in Ontario Canada by the way



RE: Nephew's sunflowers: going, going...

Strange as it sounds, it turns out much of the damage to my nephew's plants was caused by birds--I believe finches--eating the leaves. I've witnessed it firsthand as have others. It's also been reported a number of times online. Below is a link to the Sacramento Bee which describes the problem. Anyone else experience this?

By the way, to my amazement my nephew's plants have mostly recovered. They are now over 8 feet and still growing.

Here is a link that might be useful: Finches eat sunflower leaves

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