Wilting leaves will be dry to the touch and even a bit crumbly. They were fine yesterday, but when I woke up today two leaves on one plant, and one leaf on a plant in the same plant are really wilting. The following day the leaves looked as if they have wilted a bit and in my mind the sunflowers maybe dont look as well as they did in the pots. There's two plants in the same pot - and they're starting to wilt. Wilting leaves, which is actually defined as having water loss or being dehydrated, is obviously associated with a lack of water. Sunflowers are heavy feeders. wilting sunflower image by Deborah Benbrook from Fotolia.com. Note leaf chlorosis progressing upward. Without attention, wilted plants die quickly. Severely infected plants are stunted and may ripen prematurely or die before flowering. Jim Jams Posts: 3. Re-planted Sunflowers - Leaves wilting, generally not as expected. Again, these are usually not a major issue unless there is a heavy infestation. Wilting may also occur. When your plants wilt, it is a sure sign they need a little extra TLC; prolonged wilting can lead to susceptibility to diseases and pests and, in the worst cases, even death. Too cool. Cutworms – Cutworms can also damage the leaves of young sunflowers, leaving notches or holes. Wilting also serves to protect the plant’s leaves from the sun. FIGURE 4 – External Verticillium lesion on lower stem (L) and shrunken and blackened pith (R) Verticillium wilt. The others to the touch feel dry and kind of hairy, but these feel really smooth and wet. Viewed 75 times 2. Indoor sunflowers should be placed in pots that have drainage holes to reduce the chance of the flower perishing from being drenched. Good day! I have 3 sunflower plants that have been doing great, but I just noticed that all of my plants have brown edges on their leaves and that they've begun to wilt. Oh I placed the 2 sunflowers at differing parts of the garden. Typically, wilting begins at the terminal ends of branches and proceeds to the entire plant, leaving it limp and lifeless. I would like to ask for some help to determine what I am doing wrong in growing my sunflower. FIGURE 1 – Sunflower with Verticillium wilt. Wilting leaves on houseplants indicate the plant is under stress and needs your immediate attention. Too Much Heat. Stem interior brown to black. Lower leaves mottled by yellow or brown tissue between veins. A plant's leaves may show a telltale sign of transplant shock by wilting when you re-pot the plant. Sunflower leaves wilting and yellowing. Black areas on stem near soil line. Verticllium dahliae. Photo by Eric Skiff Not terribly likely, particularly if they're being grown in isolation from other plants. Or the plant's leaves may wilt in response to the soil, amount of water, lighting conditions or even its new pot. Sunflower None Given. FIGURE 2 – Leaf symptoms. Re-potting a plant is a little like "uprooting" your family to move somewhere else: New surroundings require a bit of an adjustment period. Active 8 months ago. Verticillium wilt and sclerotinia head rot, however, wilt your sunflowers, form dead patches on the leaves or stems and may affect nearby plants. FIGURE 3 – Vascular browning. Nutrients + not enough sunlight still equals a sick plant. But- without adequate light, nutrients aren't "medicine." Practice Good Gardening. Not enough nutrients. Possibly pests. The sunflower was started from seed about 3 weeks ago and now it has grown a few sets of true leaves. Sometimes there can be too much of a good thing, as sunflowers can suffer from scorched leaves, wilted flowers, drooping, and eventual death if they are exposed to too much heat. If a sunflower dies from disease, pull it immediately and dispose of it in the trash. Verticillium wilt; Leaves first develop petiole lesions, then large dark patches on leaves and flowers, then leaves wilted and dry. Heya I've woke up today and my sunflower is starting to get wilted leaves. Never compost diseased sunflowers. However, on younger sunflower plants, the first true leaves can be severely damaged or completely consumed. Ask Question Asked 8 months ago. Wilting and discoloration of sunflower leaves .