When do you plant sunflowers and what's the best place to plant?
Late spring and summer are ideal planting times for sunflowers and they enjoy being located in areas with full sun. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/sunflower/growing-sunflowers-in-your-garden.htm
I am in zone 5, I buy seeds, there are a variety of kinds, I plant at May 24 weekend when no chance of frost. They need full sun, I put them at the back of my garden, they are huge by august into september. Once we planted them in a circle and made a house by tying the tops together like a teepee. Lots of water is required.
Small 1/8-inch, yellow-green larvae eat out the interior of sunflower stems in mid-season, killing plants. What chemicals are available, and how and when do you apply?
Organic products, like bt or neem oil, will help with these pests.
Tips for growing sunflowers.
This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/sunflower/growing-sunflowers-in-your-garden.htm
The top leaves around growing area are turning brown and curling up on themselves. Plants are in cells in greenhouse, not in garden yet, with no sign of insect attack.
It sounds like they have a fungus. Treat them with a fungicide and that should help.
I've recently transplanted some sunflowers from a greenhouse to a sunny, sheltered spot in the garden (about 12inches tall). A few of them have had all of their leaves removed. There are slug pellets nearby.
I am not sure if this is the reason for this is but have you thought of butterflys because a lot of my vegetables are in a similar situation but I have several neighbours who grow plants to encourage butterfly's and when I remove the cover nets they seem to appear but when covered they disappear it may help if you put a fine mesh netting over the plants.
I have been scouring the net looking for an answer on how to get rid of these moth larvae. I have a single dwarf sunflower that I am growing in a container inside my home. I have no idea how they even got there since my apartment is virtually bug-free. I cannot find anything on how to get rid of them! I have found countless articles about what a pest they are and how damaging they can be, and after everything I have seen, I know this is what they are. I would really appreciate some help - I have never really had a green thumb and when I grew this baby from a seed I was SO proud and happy that it was flourishing so well. The larvae hid inside the flower head and just yesterday more than half of its petals were withering. I am devastated and would love to know a homemade remedy for this, if possible. I live right in the middle of a big city and the nearest gardening store is really far.
I would try neem oil, which is safe and effective for most insects pests. Most garden centers, including Lowes and Walmart, carry the product. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm
What is eating my sunflowers' leaves and what should I do?
There are actually a few pests that like to nibble on sunflowers. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/sunflower/sunflower-problems.htm
You could try treating the plants with neem oil. This will take care of most insect pests and is a natural fungicide too. Here is more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm