Sunflower how to get rid of ants in the house Care

Sunflowers do like a lot of water and thrive when how to get rid of ants in the house given a regular daily watering. However you want to be careful not to over water how to get rid of ants in the house as it can lead to root rot and may loosen how to get rid of ants in the house the soil too much causing the sunflower to fall. Sunflowers are very drought tolerant so will survive if you how to get rid of ants in the house don’t water them for a short while. Even when they look completely dehydrated and half dead they how to get rid of ants in the house can recover quickly with a good drink.

Due to the nature of a sunflower’s shape they are at risk of getting of getting how to get rid of ants in the house blown over or snapping if you have some strong winds. While not all varieties require staking, if your plants are in an exposed location then it how to get rid of ants in the house is a good idea to stake them to increase their how to get rid of ants in the house stability and strength. Bamboo canes are very good for this purpose and are how to get rid of ants in the house available relatively cheaply from your local garden centre. Use velcro ties to loosely fix your sunflower to the how to get rid of ants in the house stake every couple of feet up the stem leaving a how to get rid of ants in the house couple of inches for the plant to move. You don’t want it too tight as it can become too how to get rid of ants in the house reliant on the stake and the stem will remain thin how to get rid of ants in the house and weak. Also try not to use thin string or wire as how to get rid of ants in the house this can rub and cut into the plant and damage how to get rid of ants in the house it. Sunflower foes

Slugs & snails: these can be the cause of the quickest way for how to get rid of ants in the house a whole tray of young seedlings to die a very how to get rid of ants in the house quick death. There are many suggested ways to deal with these pesky how to get rid of ants in the house gastropods including beer, coffee, copper, human hair, vinegar, citrus rinds and ducks! Obviously slug pellets are a reliable control method but be how to get rid of ants in the house careful if you have small children or animals and make how to get rid of ants in the house sure you read the label.

Aphids: greenflies & blackflies love sunflowers although they don’t do a massive amount of damage they are a how to get rid of ants in the house pest. Lightly spraying them with soapy water will work, although not too much and try and keep it off how to get rid of ants in the house the leaves as it can damage them. Companion planting can also help, planting chives can deter aphids as they hate the smell how to get rid of ants in the house or plant some nasturtiums near your sunflowers as the aphids how to get rid of ants in the house will prefer these to your sunflowers. If you have a few ladybirds in your garden they how to get rid of ants in the house do enjoy munching on aphids, otherwise you can just pick them off with your fingers how to get rid of ants in the house and give them a squeeze so they pop.

Squirrels: when your sunflowers are nearing ready to harvest they will how to get rid of ants in the house become attractive to squirrels who will be interested in the how to get rid of ants in the house seeds for their winter stash. A squirrel can very easily snip off a sunflower head how to get rid of ants in the house with its teeth so beware if your flower is near how to get rid of ants in the house a wall, tree or other squirrel friendly perch. Sunflower friends

Bees: probably the most important insects for sunflowers are bees as how to get rid of ants in the house they are the primary pollinators. Both bumble bees and honey bees are good pollinators and how to get rid of ants in the house you can encourage your favourite stripy insects by either building how to get rid of ants in the house or buying a bee house and placing it in your how to get rid of ants in the house garden.

Ladybirds: as we mentioned earlier ladybirds are good for sunflowers as how to get rid of ants in the house they will patrol your plants searching for aphids to have how to get rid of ants in the house for their lunch. Small insect boxes can easily be constructed or bought to how to get rid of ants in the house attract your favourite spotted insects.

Grey mould: this is particular active in wet conditions appears as a how to get rid of ants in the house soft whitish-grey mould which can rot any part of the plant how to get rid of ants in the house and will spread to adjacent plants if you do not how to get rid of ants in the house remove and destroy all affected material and spray with a how to get rid of ants in the house fungicide.

Wind: the most lethal danger to sunflowers from the weather is how to get rid of ants in the house the wind. Try to position your tall varieties of sunflowers in areas how to get rid of ants in the house which are more sheltered from the wind and try and how to get rid of ants in the house keep them staked as mentioned above. You could even erect a wind break to aid protection how to get rid of ants in the house if it is a particularly windy day.

After your plants have developed mulching can reduce moisture loss how to get rid of ants in the house from the soil through evaporation meaning you don’t have to water them quite so often. You can lay down some bark chipping, leaves or wood chips around the base of the plant how to get rid of ants in the house for this purpose. Pruning

Typically sunflowers don’t require any pruning. As the plants grow taller the lower leaves get less how to get rid of ants in the house sunlight and can dry up, these can be snipped off with some secateurs. If you have a multi-headed variety you might have one flower which has reached how to get rid of ants in the house maturity while others are still developing so these can also how to get rid of ants in the house be removed. If you have several plants in close proximity of each how to get rid of ants in the house other you might want to chop down any of the how to get rid of ants in the house weaker ones to ensure it does not fall and knock how to get rid of ants in the house over your stronger ones, and it will also stop them absorbing any nourishment from how to get rid of ants in the house the soil which could otherwise go to your stronger plants.

We lucked out. The first year the aphids hit like a tornado and how to get rid of ants in the house my sunflowers were GONE in 2 days. Sunday – we took pictures and wowed everyone with our 10 foot how to get rid of ants in the house high giant sunflowers. By wednesday, they were GONE. Drooped, leaves all dark green and dead looking. I was told to BUY lady bugs (why does this article keep calling them lady BIRDS???) I planted 146 giant sunflowers the next year because I how to get rid of ants in the house had THOUSANDS of seeds I was able to salvage from how to get rid of ants in the house my drooping heads the year before. The lady bugs just CAME. I didn’t have to buy any. But the aphids hit again this year (another 200 sunflowers line the side of my house and how to get rid of ants in the house my circular driveway) and I was amazed – I even saw the lady bugs mating right on a how to get rid of ants in the house leaf…so they must be lady AND MISTER bugs! Just lucky, I guess, but they really did their job. Hundreds of them were on the underside of my leaves how to get rid of ants in the house – a sure sign there were aphids trying to destroy my how to get rid of ants in the house sunflowers again. No problem with the lady bugs. I tried spraying with soapy water and wasn’t sure WHERE to spray. The leaves died anyway when I did this. SO – probably cheaper soap? Not DAWN 4x?!? I hope I don’t have to do that EVER – with the number of sunflowers I plant each year, it is impossible to spray them all. I also found they grew in clayish soil pretty well how to get rid of ants in the house – we are retired. Our trees on our new property will never get big how to get rid of ants in the house enough so I use the sunflowers for some SHADE in how to get rid of ants in the house areas where the sun keeps burning my flowers to death. But some of the flowers I tried to protect didn’t get ENOUGH sun once the 10 foot sunflowers grew how to get rid of ants in the house (and they grow faster than ANYTHING in your garden). I could NOT get them to transplant. I do NOT try to grow them inside or in how to get rid of ants in the house plastic bags first. I was puzzled by that.

I have four sunflowers in separate 5 gallon pots. They currently range in heights of 3.5 to 5 feet (as measured from above the soil). I noticed what I believe to be japanese beetles on how to get rid of ants in the house their leaves and noticed a few of the leaves were how to get rid of ants in the house eaten through on each plant. That was a couple days ago. I did notice these beetles (black and metallic green, flying insects) did not like my stargazer lilies that are in full how to get rid of ants in the house bloom, they are untouched.

The bottom line is that I think I over sprayed how to get rid of ants in the house the seventh generation free & clear dish soap and water solution and now the leaves how to get rid of ants in the house are developing dark gray spots and curling up. Maybe I’m wrong and it is some type of disease. Nevertheless, should I cut and toss these plants in the trash how to get rid of ants in the house or is it somehow possible they’ll recover? In my only other attempt at growing sunflowers (or anything for that matter), birds pecked the sunflower seedlings to pieces or literally flew how to get rid of ants in the house away with them.

Having sunflowers grow at all this year was my first how to get rid of ants in the house “success” and the plants were all healthy until I saw the how to get rid of ants in the house bugs on them and sprayed only two days ago. Obviously, I am a total newbie and also apparently a black, as opposed to green thumb. Any suggestions?

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