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This year I'm growing Little Dorrit and watering them with dilute garlic to keep the slugs/snails off. I hope this works with the squirrels as well.
Unfortunately the flowers are now dying off, the problem is when all the flowers have died do I have to cut the spike off or do I leave it to fade naturally I think I could have difficulty cutting it its about 5 inches round. Really need help don't want to kill my plant by doing or not doing the right thing.
And Laura, you're probably growing one of the many multi-headed varieties. Some sunflowers just form a single flower at the top of each stem, but multi-headed varieties produce branched stems where each branch carries a flower (or two). These tend to be shorter but bushier plants, and are great for border displays.