Mealybug question and sunflower question

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Mealybug question and sunflower question

Post by Los Desaparecido » Sun, 05 Jun 1994 04:25:03



Hi, all-

Is there such a thing as a systemic insecticide that one can add to a  
plant's soil so that the plant takes up the insecticide and any bugs  
feeding on the plant are then poisoned?  I have a philodendron that is  
infested with mealybugs, and I can't seem to get rid of them by spraying  
because they get up under the juncture between the leaves and stem where  
it's difficult to spray.  A systemic insecticide would do the trick  
nicely, though..

An additional question about sunflowers-  I planted some sunflowers in my  
Garden a week and a half ago, and they are sprouting already.  Does anyone  
know how long it will take them to reach full height and flower?  Do they  
require any kind of special care or support?  I've never grown them  
before.

-Simon

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Mealybug question and sunflower question

Post by mr.. » Wed, 08 Jun 1994 03:56:12


Quote:

> An additional question about sunflowers-  I planted some sunflowers in my  
> garden a week and a half ago, and they are sprouting already.  Does anyone  
> know how long it will take them to reach full height and flower?  Do they  
> require any kind of special care or support?  I've never grown them  
> before.

I had a disastrous experience growing sunflowers last year, and asked
for advice on this newsgroup.  The suggestions were:
- prepare the bed well, loosen the soil as deep as you can
- keep them watered
- give them strong support

I started my sunflowers in peat pots in late March, and planted them
outside in early May.  The tallest one is almost six feet tall.  I bought
6' tall bamboo stakes and tied each one to a stake.  I keep them tied near
the flower head, since that is the heaviest part.  Some of mine are the
multi-flowered variety, and they are much shorter (about 4' tall) and
are already flowering.

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Mealybug question and sunflower question

Post by Michael Gold » Wed, 08 Jun 1994 03:38:43


|>
|> I had a disastrous experience growing sunflowers last year, and asked
|> for advice on this newsgroup.  The suggestions were:
|> - prepare the bed well, loosen the soil as deep as you can
|> - keep them watered
|> - give them strong support
|>

I planted sunflowers last year, the giant one-flowered variety.  I suppose
that I followed suggestions one and two incidentally, but mostly I just stuck
some seeds in the ground.  By late August I had a row of 10 foot tall,
monstrous plants on my hands with humongous (brobdingnagian?) yellow blooms
on the top.  I had no problems with support; the incredibly thick stems
held up the flowers just fine!  I suppose that if we had a storm at the
wrong time, disaster may have struck...

My wife and I left most of the blooms in the garden (they were there to
make the garden look cool, and they succeeded!) but we did cut a couple
and put them individually in vases in our house.  It is quite impressive
to have a flower bigger than your head in your home?  (Now if I could only
get a burrito bigger than my head here in Ann Arbor).

Just an encouraging note for folks who want to grow sunflowers and then ignore
them until they are big and beautiful.  I love sunflowers.

Happy Gardening!

Michael Golden

 
 
 

Mealybug question and sunflower question

Post by Dewey Coffm » Wed, 08 Jun 1994 04:16:29



Quote:


>|>
>|> I had a disastrous experience growing sunflowers last year, and asked
>|> for advice on this newsgroup.  The suggestions were:
>|> - prepare the bed well, loosen the soil as deep as you can
>|> - keep them watered
>|> - give them strong support
>|>

>I planted sunflowers last year, the giant one-flowered variety.  I suppose
>that I followed suggestions one and two incidentally, but mostly I just stuck
>some seeds in the ground.  By late August I had a row of 10 foot tall,
>monstrous plants on my hands with humongous (brobdingnagian?) yellow blooms
>on the top.  I had no problems with support; the incredibly thick stems
>held up the flowers just fine!  I suppose that if we had a storm at the
>wrong time, disaster may have struck...

Ditto on all points, I just finished cutting the last few of this season
"Russian" SunFlowers this weekend, the tallest ones were about 9 feet with
the heads bigger than my head. Beautiful cut flowers, but the pollen gets
everywhere. I just planted so "Mammoth" Sunflowers as a second crop, I'm
wondering how these will differ from the "Russian", I've noticed several
varieties "faces" stick out more than others.

What about just planting bird seed "black sunflower" seed? What size heads
do you get with these?

Quote:
>Just an encouraging note for folks who want to grow sunflowers and then ignore
>them until they are big and beautiful.  I love sunflowers.

I agree, I originally planted them to shade some other plants, but I'll always
have some from now own, since they were so successful.

-dewey, Zone 8, Austin, Texas, June 6th, 95 degrees already...
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Mealybug question and sunflower question

Post by Karl Ha » Thu, 09 Jun 1994 01:43:39


Quote:

> An additional question about sunflowers-  I planted some sunflowers in my  
> garden a week and a half ago, and they are sprouting already.  Does anyone  
> know how long it will take them to reach full height and flower?  Do they  
> require any kind of special care or support?  I've never grown them  
> before.

Also, don't plant them near a fence that squirrels use as a highway.  The
little critters ate the heads off of mine and then proceded to devour the
stems from the top down.

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Mealybug question and sunflower question

Post by Daniel Masche » Sat, 11 Jun 1994 05:45:00


DC.What about just planting bird seed "black sunflower" seed? What size heads
.do you get with these?

If the bird seed has been taken care of, they may/ You may wish to
germinate some seeds by wrapping several seeds in moist paper towels,
and seeing if they'll sprout. If they do, you know the answer!

I worked at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station at Texas A & M
while getting my degree. I worked with many of the plant breeders
while working for Foundation Seed. You may be surprised at the
diversity of types of Sunflowers. Colors can range from the
traditional yellow to orange and red. They can be tall or short.
Multiple heads or one single large one. The multiple heads produce more
seed and usually have a higher oil content. Single are used for the
edable market.

Have a good one!!!

Dan
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