Mini Sunflowers

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  1. AvaRose82

    AvaRose82 Seedling

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    About a month ago I planted some mini sunflowers that came in a small kit that someone bought me. I followed the directions, and they all started growing really well!

    Now about half of them have died, and the others except for the largest one are dying, and I haven't gotten any flowers yet.

    We've been getting a lot of rain but I've been draining water and bringing them inside during the nastiest storms, and have started giving them fertilizer.

    Is there anything else I can do to help my little flowers grow? (I will try to take some pictures if I can remember to do so)
     
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  3. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Repot the one still alive to fresh soil in a pot with good drainage and do not water, keep the soil on the dry side. Since you have been draining the water that probably means there is no hole in the pot and the plants are sitting in a swamp and the roots are dying. They do not like much water, when the leaves droop then you can water but it sounds like the rain is killing them.

    Sunflowers will grow in the fields with no fertilizer or rain down here so they really do not need to be fed very much, if at all.

    I have mini ones too, they do not bloom for at least 60-70 days after germination and they need as much hot, full sun as you can give them.
     
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    Thanks for the advice Toni!

    I'll repot the healthy one and perhaps make it an indoor plant on those gloomy days when we may get some rain.

    Since the seeds came in a small bucket without drainage holes it was probably meant to be an indoor plant but I don't get a lot of full sun inside my home.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    The buckets without holes are cheaper and the producer of the item doesn't really care if the plant thrives, they got their money. :rolleyes:
     

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