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Benefits of Removing Dead Blooms from your Garden Plants

Updated on December 28, 2013

At the beginning of winter all the bulbs start to grow and eventually the blooms explode in a wonderful array of color. After the bulbs burst into life you can look forward to spring and the abundance of more beautiful blooms in our garden. To keep these flowers looking at their best we need to take a walk down the paths and look for wilting, fading blooms as these will detract from the many other new buds opening in full flower.

We need to behead them, well I do not mean to sound too blood thirsty; all we need to do is remove the dying flower heads. This can be done by nipping them off with your fingertips or for the stronger stemmed flowers it will be best to snip them off with a pair of secateurs. In some cases you can remove the old stem back to where it shot from as long as there are no more buds coming of that same stem. Take care not to break the whole plant in the process as some plants are more fragile than others.

Rose Bloom

Seed Production

Bloom removal or dead heading the blooms will also prevent the blooms from seed production.  If the blooms were allowed to produce seeds this would take the goodness from the plants and reduce the flowering process. So you are actually doing the flowering process a favor.  At the end of the flowering season you could leave the blooms on the plants if you wish to save some of the seeds for next season.



Flowers that appreciate dead bloom removal

I believe that roses would be one of the most prevalent to benefit from this to guarantee another array of blooms before the rosehips develop (did you know that there are good uses for the rosehips, they are used for health remedies and in soups) but that’s another story.

Most perennial plants will benefit from deadheading or removal of their blooms. Some of these are Zinnias, Pansies, Cosmos, and Violas. In fact many other smaller plants will probably thank you for this help, which will allow them to bloom again. It would be a good time to give these plants another dose of fertilizer at the same time to encourage more flowers.

Sweet Williams if cut right back will produce a complete set of new flowers. The smaller plants that have a heap of tiny flowers it would be easier to shear the tops right off the whole plant then they will produce another set of blooms.

Some plants shed their own blooms

Have you ever noticed how some plants like the hibiscus will shed its own blooms naturally, as will the impatience? The same way as some fruit trees will drop the extra fruit when they have not received sufficient water.

Removing the blooms can seem like a tedious affair, although if you take a walk out into your garden every morning and simply snip a few off each day the rewards will be well worth the effort with a longer supply of beautiful blooms to show off to your friends and neighbors

Garden secateurs


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    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      support med,you can only do your best by trying. so good luck you will be ok they will be blooming soon

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I recently planted Sweet William, have not come up; so this is good information. I hope for success this time, usually not. I gave more care to soil this time (they are all in pots as not allowed to plant on the grounds). I planted forget-me-nots, sweet william and shasta daisy (perky/pretty)! Hope to see them bloom soon! Rated up!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Liswilliams, yes its a great time of the year when everything is in bloom. Thanks for stopping by

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      8 years ago from South Africa

      thanks for that advice, I can't wait until my bulbs start flowering!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      dobson, thank you so much for that interesting comment. You are so right, it make them more beautiful.

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      8 years ago from Virginia

      This is very necessary to continuing to enjoy the beauty of your plants. Neglecting this act can lessen the ammount of blooms you enjoy from your plants. Thanks for covering this topic!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Einron, Oh thanks for telling me that it is a shame you moved away from so much you must miss it all. thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      I read about flowers though I have no garden as I live in a condo, 19 stories high. However, I planted 13 potted geraniums as they are easy to maintain, 3 aloes and other green plants.

      Before I came to Canada, we had a 3/4 acre garden with many flowers, roses, orchids, sweet williams, cannas, bouganvilles and many tropical fruit trees such as mangoes, and even an avocado tree. I feel nostalgic thinking of them.

      Thanks for the hub.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      valeriebelew, you are lucky to have the summer warmth we are heading for winter, although sunny at moment.

      daisyjae, you will love being outside and looking at beautiful flowers if you start planting them.

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Lorlei, I love the way you put that about your children thanks

      prasetio30, thanks for visiting and commenting.

      2 patricias, I thought you were going to mention the thorns on the roses.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the info, I am still learning about gardening, especially flower gardening.

    • valeriebelew profile image


      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      As a matter of fact, I was doing just that this morning, after trying to get some weed whacking done before it got too warm. Thanks for the information. Very interesting hub for us flower lovers. (: v

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      8 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Pat writes - there are hazards to 'dead heading' as well. The other day I was cutting back my daffodils and accidently cut a set of buds off the iris. One reason I was cutting back the daffs was so that the iris would be visible - lol.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good information from you. I'll bookmark this one. Thanks for share with us. Good to see you again. thumbs Up for you. Blessing...

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I find this tending to be a glorious way to enjoy my planted children!

      Thanks for the reminder!

    • Eileen Hughes profile imageAUTHOR

      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      breakfastpop, yes and give you exercise outdoors.

      Ethel, yes you are so right now that your winter is over you will be happy I think. thanks for stopping by folks.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Deheading can be very beneficial. It can be easily done especially on a lovely summer's day

    • breakfastpop profile image


      8 years ago

      I actually enjoy this!


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