ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • 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

    • Support Med. profile image

      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

    • liswilliams profile image

      liswilliams 

      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.

    • Dobson profile image

      Dobson 

      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.

    • einron profile image

      einron 

      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.

    • daisyjae profile image

      daisyjae 

      8 years ago from Canada

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

    • valeriebelew profile image

      valeriebelew 

      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

    • 2patricias profile image

      2patricias 

      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.

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      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...

    • lorlie6 profile image

      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.

    • ethel smith profile image

      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

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      I actually enjoy this!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)