The Q&A Archives: "deadheading" Spent Blooms On Geraniums

Question: I'm very new at gardening. I've been told to "deadhead" spent blooms on geraniums and petunias to encourage additional blooming. I'm not sure where to pinch the bloom off-at the top just below the spent bloom or, at the base of the stem which held/supported the bloom?

Answer: Geraniums would be trimmed off by cutting at the lower end or base of the bare stem. Petunias can be removed by snipping just the flower itself off (include the rounded base of the flower) next to the stem. In mid season, the petunia branches may need to be trimmed back a bit to rejuvenate the plants.

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