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Snip Off the Flowers Before Planting

By Shelly
August 18, 2011

When you get your new plant home and are ready to plant, snip off any bloom that may have come with the plant. The energy will go to establishing the plant instead of maintaining the bloom.

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fiwit
Aug 17, 2011 6:15 PM CST
That would never have occurred to me....


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KyWoods
Aug 17, 2011 6:22 PM CST
And of course, put it in a vase so you can enjoy the bloom indoors, right?
I never thought of doing that, but yep, it does make sense. Thanks!
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Shelly
Aug 17, 2011 6:31 PM CST
Big Grin Absolutely put it in a vase to enjoy!
It's so super hard for me to do sometimes, Crying but really the plant (in most cases) rewards me with blooms a little later. Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Aug 17, 2011 6:52 PM CST
Great tip Shelly! I agree that it's so hard to cut a bloom on a new plant, but it does help the plant become well established in it's new home. At least we have the cut bloom to enjoy in a vase and the knowledge that "mom" plant is putting down roots for many more beautiful blooms!
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valleylynn
Aug 17, 2011 6:57 PM CST
I agree So hard to do. Sometimes I just can't get myself to do it. *Blush*
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dave
Aug 17, 2011 7:17 PM CST

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Makes perfect sense, and I can't believe I never thought of this before. Thumbs up
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woofie
Aug 17, 2011 7:20 PM CST
I knew this. I KNOW this. But I still have a dreadful time actually DOING it! Crying
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plantladylin
Aug 17, 2011 7:35 PM CST
The only time I don't find it hard to do is if there are enough blooms to cut to fill a vase!
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flaflwrgrl
Aug 17, 2011 8:27 PM CST
I also find it very difficult to do.
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Sheila_FW
Aug 17, 2011 10:33 PM CST
Definately tough love...but it works.
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quietyard
Aug 17, 2011 10:50 PM CST
I can't do this either. Crying
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mcash70
Aug 17, 2011 11:23 PM CST
I've known about this, but I can't do it either especially on my daylilies as I may not see another bloom for 2 years!! Sad
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Boopaints
Aug 18, 2011 1:33 AM CST
Is this kind of like tough love, Shelley?

It's hard to do but worth it in the end?

Next time I'll try to do this.
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Aug 18, 2011 4:45 AM CST
I can't do it either Crying and I can't thin baby seedlings. I ask someone else to do it and I can't watch Crying
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vic
Aug 18, 2011 5:26 AM CST
Tough love indeed! It took me many years to do this but the rewards are worth it. GREAT tip! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
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Aug 18, 2011 6:37 AM CST
Love it. Great thinking...
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Gymgirl
Aug 18, 2011 8:09 AM CST
That's why I ended up with 208 tomato and 65 bell pepper plants this past season...i only needed 12 of my own! Confused
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Aug 18, 2011 10:17 AM CST
LOL, I'll bet your friends and neighbors were happy about that, Gymgirl!
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Shelly
Aug 18, 2011 12:16 PM CST
It really is tough love. Lovey dubby

I feel like in my zone, if I do cut back the flower, it gives me a much stronger root system to deal with the winters (that don't always give us much snow cover for insulation), and honestly a stronger plant for next year. And truly I do get blooms in most cases a little later. The ones that really hurt (to me) are the ones that only bloom once a year, or if I do fall planting. Crying

I planted 4-1 quart sized mums the 1st year we moved into this place, and cut back all the blooming pretty little flowers... Oh the pain of not having a little bit of fall color in the yard. But the next year, each 1 quart plant had grown its way into a 2 x 2 foot nice, tall plant. It was wonderful!




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vic
Aug 18, 2011 12:27 PM CST
Those are beautiful!

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