I have a young Sunflower that has some of the leaves turning white, inward from the leaf tips. Is this OK, and will it sort itself out? Also, there are a number of small buds opening under the main flower head. Can I remove these for re-planting as individuals or should I leave them alone?
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The white leaves are an indication of a condition of "powdery mildew". It is a fungus that occurs on plants when the weather has been damp and the plants have remained wet too often. I would cut down on the watering and treat with fungicide, specifically aimed at powdery mildew. Neem oil is actually good. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
As for the buds, leave them be. You cannot remove them and replant. You can only grow these plants from seed. The budding growths will not root.