False Sunflower Plants

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Asked by Elsieirene on June 16, 2015
False Sunflower Leaves Turn Yellow and Curl Up

What is causing my false sunflower leaves to turn yellow and curl up? Inside the curled leaves are small black eggs, and I found a worm on one leaf. I do not want to spray them with anything that will kill birds, however. The flowers will not be blooming for a week or so.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It would appear that eggs have been laid in your plant leaves.
I understand wanting to protect all the beneficial insects, bees and birds.
Neem Oil would be a good treatment.
Here are a few links.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/sunflower/sunflower-problems.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ox-eye-sunflower/grow-false-sunflowers.htm

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Asked by kdlewis on June 29, 2015
False Sunflowers With Black Substance

My false sunflowers get a black, almost wet or greasy, substance that appears to be bugs when closely inspected. What is this? And this occurs on the stems. How do I deal with this problem, as it happens every year? Thanks.

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