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  • Writer's pictureS. Blackson

Deadheading: How-To Remove Faded Blooms and promote plant growth

Deadheading is an important gardening tasks that involves clipping the withering blooms away from the rest of the plant, helping to promote healthy plant growth, prolong flowering, and maintain the overall appearance of your garden. As summer pushes on, routine garden maintenance is crucial to the overall wellness of your property.

We put together a quick reference guide on how-to to successfully remove faded blooms from your plant.

  • Timing: Deadhead faded blooms as soon as they start to decline. Regular deadheading encourages the plant to produce more flowers and prevents the plant from using energy to produce seeds.

  • Method: Locate the spent flower just above the first set of healthy leaves or buds below the faded bloom. Use your fingers or pruning shears to make a clean cut, removing the faded flower and any developing seed pods.

  • Pinching: Some plants can be deadheaded by pinching off the faded blooms between your thumb and forefinger. This is a quick and effective method for many annuals and perennials.

  • Continuous Deadheading: For plants with numerous small blooms, like marigolds or petunias, consider deadheading a few times a week to keep the plant looking tidy and encourage continuous flowering.

  • Variation: Different plants may require slightly different deadheading techniques. Some plants may benefit from more aggressive deadheading, while others may only need light pruning. Familiarize yourself with the specific needs of your plants.

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