The Q&A Archives: Cutting back dead flowers

Question: Does it hurt a plant (shasta daisy or monarda/Bee Balm) to cut the dead flowers back as soon as they are dead? Does the plant need the seeds that drop to reproduce for next year?

Answer: Both plants are perennials and do not need to make seeds in order to return next year. In fact, Shasta daisies have sterile flowers and will not produce seeds. I would cut off the spent flowers. Not only does it make the plant look better, deadheading encourages new flowers. Enjoy your garden!

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