Stem interior brown to black. wilting sunflower image by Deborah Benbrook from Fotolia.com. Wilting also serves to protect the plant’s leaves from the sun. Indoor sunflowers should be placed in pots that have drainage holes to reduce the chance of the flower perishing from being drenched. Photo by Eric Skiff Too cool. Typically, wilting begins at the terminal ends of branches and proceeds to the entire plant, leaving it limp and lifeless. 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. 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. Wilting leaves will be dry to the touch and even a bit crumbly. Too Much Heat. But- without adequate light, nutrients aren't "medicine." The others to the touch feel dry and kind of hairy, but these feel really smooth and wet. Wilting leaves, which is actually defined as having water loss or being dehydrated, is obviously associated with a lack of water. 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. Oh I placed the 2 sunflowers at differing parts of the garden. Black areas on stem near soil line. Jim Jams Posts: 3. Heya I've woke up today and my sunflower is starting to get wilted leaves. A plant's leaves may show a telltale sign of transplant shock by wilting when you re-pot the plant. Not enough nutrients. 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. Note leaf chlorosis progressing upward. Lower leaves mottled by yellow or brown tissue between veins. Verticillium wilt; Leaves first develop petiole lesions, then large dark patches on leaves and flowers, then leaves wilted and dry. Sunflower None Given. Viewed 75 times 2. Verticillium wilt and sclerotinia head rot, however, wilt your sunflowers, form dead patches on the leaves or stems and may affect nearby plants. Wilting and discoloration of sunflower leaves . Re-planted Sunflowers - Leaves wilting, generally not as expected. Practice Good Gardening. Again, these are usually not a major issue unless there is a heavy infestation. Ask Question Asked 8 months ago. Or the plant's leaves may wilt in response to the soil, amount of water, lighting conditions or even its new pot. Not terribly likely, particularly if they're being grown in isolation from other plants. FIGURE 3 – Vascular browning. If a sunflower dies from disease, pull it immediately and dispose of it in the trash. Cutworms – Cutworms can also damage the leaves of young sunflowers, leaving notches or holes. Possibly pests. Re-potting a plant is a little like "uprooting" your family to move somewhere else: New surroundings require a bit of an adjustment period. Wilting may also occur. Nutrients + not enough sunlight still equals a sick plant. Without attention, wilted plants die quickly. Severely infected plants are stunted and may ripen prematurely or die before flowering. 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. Never compost diseased sunflowers. Verticllium dahliae. However, on younger sunflower plants, the first true leaves can be severely damaged or completely consumed. 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. Good day! There's two plants in the same pot - and they're starting to wilt. Active 8 months ago. 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