Death of a Sunflower
Our sunflowers are dying, one by one, before they've had a chance to bloom. We started out with 15 seedlings, and now there are 5. It seems they have some sort of fungus... the bottom leaves turn speckled yellow and brown, and then the plant just wilts and dies. When I pull the dead ones up, I notice that they don't have a long taproot (like I've heard they're supposed to). I suspect that the roots are rotted by the fungus (or whatever it is). I also suspect that we may have been watering them too much, leading to this sad state of affairs. Sigh. Any suggestions? I'm thinking I'll try not watering the remaining ones for a few days.