Answer from NGA
July 9, 2010
|Depending upon what you're growing it might be okay to pull off the spent flower but not the attached stem. If you simply pick off the petals, the ovary will remain and your plant will set seeds which will slow or stop flower production in the future. If you are careful about removing the entire spent flower, you shouldn't have to also remove part of the stem. Hope this makes sense to you. Best wishes with your hanging baskets.
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