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Name: Sheryl Jeffries
Bedford, TX (Zone 8b)
Apr 23, 2016 6:36 AM CST
I have a beautiful thick mat of ice plants, but lately since we have had such wet weather in the DFW area I see a lot of spent blooms. Should I pinch them off? I've looked all over and can't find anything about it. I even asked the manager at our local nursery and he said it was because of the wet weather. But I hate to see them on my plants, I've never noticed them before. My beds are mulched well, they are facing south and the sun has been out for a couple of days. I've been pinching some off, does anyone know if I'm helping or hurting them. Any advice would be appreciated.
Name: Art
Florissant, MO (Zone 6b)
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Apr 23, 2016 8:55 AM CST
Hi Sheryl,

Although not absolutely necessary, removing the spent blooms will result in healthier plants and continued blooms.

Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Apr 23, 2016 9:34 AM CST
By removing spent flowers, you are allowing your plant to put energy back into the plant instead of energy into growing seeds - an exhausting job for a plant.
Name: Sheryl Jeffries
Bedford, TX (Zone 8b)
Apr 23, 2016 10:24 AM CST
Thank you, I've always done that on all my other plants. I just wanted to be sure, It's such a thick matt I've never noticed them before. I'm a firm believer in dead heading. Thanks again!

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