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dvd94

@Susan -- thanks! I will try that! I was also wondering, although the hydrangeas are close to where the sunflower bed is, since they fill up fairly early in the season -- before it is warm enough to sow the sunflowers, could it be that the once sunny plot of ground is now in shade from the hydrangeas? However, I have tried planting sunflower seeds in various locations in my small yard - I still have lost my green-thumb with these beauties. :-(

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Susan J Tweit

@dvd94, The hydrangeas filling out and shading the site early could indeed be the issue. Sunflowers really do need full sun--pretty much all day. So the problem could be that in a small yard that I'm guessing is planted lushly, all-spots that get all-day sun may simply not exist as your plantings have filled in. If you have a good sunny spot on a porch or deck, you could try planting sunflowers in a large pot.

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dvd94

I think you've got it, Susan -- over the years, everything starting filling up, including the trees -- there isn't too much left that is in full sun. :-( such sad news. I may have to buy pre-potted ones at the nursery so they'll be taller than their competition for the sun. thx!

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