The Q&A Archives: Deadheading Petunias

Question: I thought deadheading was pulling off the faded petals of my petunias. Am I supposed to cut the whole flower off after it fades, and now that seeds are producing where I only pulled off the blooms, do I cut the seeds off?

Answer: Deadheading is cutting off the blooms, after they are spent and on their way out. It is useful on some flowers to keep them looking tidy and blooming well.

I don't think that is necessary or practical for petunias. They will keep on blooming fine and look great without deadheading. Sometimes an occasional shearing back of the entire plant a bit may be helpful to encourage a flush of new growth and blooms, as well as a bushier plant.

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