Deadheading means taking off dead or dying flowers from plants. Whether you’re growing annuals in pots and containers or perennials in your beds, the way you care for your plants can have a huge impact on their long-term health.
In many cases, especially when it comes to annual flowers, it’s the most important aspect in keeping the blooms going strong. Nonetheless, don’t limit yourself to using it on your flower pots and containers.
Deadheading perennials, as you’ll see later, can be just as critical. Not just for increasing the number of blossoms, but also for preserving the beauty of their foliage.
As a general rule, deadheading is essential when it comes to annual flowers like geraniums and petunias as well as impatiens and marigolds.
Take action as soon as the first flowers begin to fade. Remove old blooms from pots, containers, and flowerbeds on a regular basis to keep plants healthy and fruitful.
Deadheading is a simple task that can be done by hand. Annual blooms, especially as they mature, are easy to remove from the plants. Slightly combing your fingers through the older flowers is all that is necessary.
Using a pair of pruning snips, cut back the stems of the fading blooms on long-stemmed annuals like geraniums, zinnias, and cosmos as close to the base of the plant as possible. This will speed up the growth of new stems for blooming shoots.
Annual flowers should be deadheaded at least once or twice a week for optimal effects. As a bonus, it’ll make your plants seem healthy and vibrant while keeping them reproducing blossoms.