How to Deadhead the Flowers in Your Flower Garden
What is Deadheading?
- Deadheading is the removal of flowers from your garden that are past their prime, and it is vital to maintaining a beautiful flower garden. When you remove fading flowers, you are keeping your garden neat and tidy. If a flower's bloom has begun to lose its color, that flower will benefit from deadheading, as a rule of thumb.
- Dead flowers are ugly and can make an otherwise colorful bed look dull. Plus, the longer you leave dying flowers on a stem, the longer the plant will waste valuable energy on dying blooms, so make deadheading a regular part of your gardening routine and you'll have beautiful flowers to show for your work. This article will show you the basics of deadheading the flowers in your flower garden.
- You can deadhead flowers using a couple of methods - by cutting off the fading flowers or by pinching them off using your thumb and forefinger. Personally, I like to pinch off flowers on shorter stems that come off easily. If you have flowers that have sticky or soft stems, it's probably better to cut them off using shears. Flowers that are on long, thick stems need to be cut just above the nearest flower bud.
- You also need to remove dead leaves as a regular part of your deadheading. The dead flowers and leaves should be added to your compost if you have one.
If You Don't Deadhead the Plants Will Produce Seeds
- If you want to get some free plants for next year, you should suspend deadheading at the end of the season, because as flowers begin to die, the plant uses its energy making seeds. Deadheading makes the plant redirect its energy into growing blooms, and the suspension of deadheading causes the flower to use its energy to create new seeds for you to use in the future.
- Cut and dry the dead flowers, then collect seeds by crumbling the dried flower head in the palm of your hand. Keep the seeds in an envelope, then plant them next year in seed trays. Who doesn't love free flowers?
- While you are deadheading your flower garden, don't forget to deadhead any flowering shrubs that you have. Most shrubs will flower for one season, so you won't see the benefits of deadheading until next year when the shrub will grow even more buds and more beautiful foliage.
- The cut on a flowering shrub should be clean and usually above a bud that is facing outward. If you remove buds on flowering shrubs, your shrubs will grow fewer, but larger flowers next year.
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