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Question: What is deadheading and when should I do it? I have some foxglove in my yard and the instructions say to deadhead them after the blooms die off.

Answer: Deadheading is simply removing the spent flowers before they begin to set seeds. This often results in a second flush of blooms later in the season. In the case of foxgloves, you'll want to cut off the flowering stalks (all the way down to foliage level). This not only makes the plant look more attractive, it also encourages a new flowering stem.


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