Deadheading Flowers

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There are many pruning techniques that gardeners can choose to use to create a more vibrant and beautiful garden.  Deadheading flowers is one of the easiest and best ways to make the flowers in your garden bloom to their full potential.  The average person thinks of long haired hippie type individuals wearing tie dye traveling around to concerts when the term dead head is brought up, but garden enthusiasts make use of the term in an entirely different way.  Once you start deadheading and begin to see the results, the task will become part of your normal garden routine.

Deadheading is the process of removing dying or completely dead blooms of the flower in order to help produce healthier buds and flowers.  Some people even call it flower housecleaning.  The process involves carefully removing each mature or dead petal from flowers.  This pruning technique forces flowers to exert effort into producing more flowers instead of wasting energy forming seeds as well as prolonging the blooming cycle of the flower.  Not only does this technique benefit the flower, but it transforms the flower from a slightly wrecked creature back to the beauty it truly is.  The more you deadhead, the more blooms you get!

Techniques

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The technique we have found to be the most beneficial and least damaging to the flower is to use your thumb and forefinger.  With these two fingers, you essentially pluck each dead petal from the flower.  In some situations it can be best to remove the stem if there are now more petals on it.  While this can be a slight mind numbing and may seem like a never ending process, the benefits far outweigh the amount of labor required.  Using garden shears or scissors can be another method to remove unwanted dead petals from flowers.  This technique works extremely well on flowers that have tough stems.

Reasons to Deadhead

  • Restore flowers vigor
  • Cleans up the overall garden
  • Allows plants to direct energy for stronger growth
  • Prevents petals from scattering
  • Prevents flower from forming seeds

What Plants Need Deadheading?

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Deadheading can be a tedious task depending on the size of your landscape.  Make sure to focus the majority of your efforts on bedding plants.  Plants grouped close together respond well to deadheading as well as geraniums, and roses.

Are you looking to increase the overall beauty of your landscape and flower beds this coming spring and summer?  If so, give the master gardeners at the Tree and Landscape Company a call to set up a weekly garden maintenance program.  Our gardening team is ready to help you achieve the needs and goals of your landscape and flower beds this coming season.

Written by Robert Mrdutt

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