Should I remove yellowing lower leaves on my sunflower plant?

Sunflower    Karachi, Pakistan

The lower leaves on my sunflower plant turned yellow and crisping a couple of weeks ago or so and I believe that the plant is trying to keep them alive. I wanted to ask if it would be a good idea to snip off the ones as I read that the plant tries to keep the leaves alive by using more effort.

Posted by: Naveed (1 point) Naveed
Posted: September 30, 2014

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The bottom leaves are the cotyledons. They've done their job getting the plant started, and now they will die. You may remove them if you wish, but there's no need to do so.

Posted by: Nicole Castle Brookus (21 points) Nicole Castle Brookus
Posted: October 1, 2014

Yes, you can go ahead and remove those small leaves at the bottom, it won't do any harm to the sunflowers.

Posted by: Lindsay McMenemy (4 points) Lindsay McMenemy
Posted: September 30, 2014

Naveed commented,
The cotelydons died and fell off way earlier. These ones look like the top leaves. Anyways I snipped the yellowing and drying ones off last night and today I saw that during watering time not a single leaf went scrawny. Usually I was using that as a sign to water but I believe cutting off the dying leaves that the plant was probably using all the resources to keep alive, relieved the plant and it was able to keep the previous water to not let the leaves go scrawny. Thanks Nicole and Lindsay!
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