The Q&A Archives: Pinching blooms off dahlias

Question: What is the correct way to pinch dead blooms off dahlia flowers?

Answer: Are you deadheading or disbudding? Disbudding is the removal of the two side buds next to the central bud at the end of each lateral branch. By removing these two side buds when they are very small (pea sized), you will find that the center bud, now without competition, will grow a longer and stronger stem. The flower that develops will also be larger because all of the lateral branch?s energy will be diverted into the single flower instead of three flowers. If you are deadheading rather than disbudding, simply cut the flowering stem off the plant to the point where it emerges from the main stem. Enjoy!

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