The Q&A Archives: To deadhead or not to deadhead

Question: We love the fanfare blanket flowers that we planted this Spring. After the floweres bloom and the petals leave, a round bulb remains. Now there seems to be less flowers and more of these balls. Should we remove those balls? Also, your informationsays to

Answer: The fluffy balls are seed heads. You can cut these off to tidy the plant and also to help promote stronger flowering. There are two ways to do this, one is to cut them off individually stem by stem, or alternatively, when the plant has a large number and flowering slows, cut the entire plant back lightly to remove them all at once.

In the early spring, trim the plant off short, cut the stems off close to the ground. This will remove the old growth and tidy it in preparation for the new season. Enjoy your blanket flowers!

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