The Method Of Cutting Above Leaf Level - Knowledgebase Question

Evanston, Il
Question by franconeri20
October 11, 2010
What does it mean to cut above leaf level when deadheading flowering plants?


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Answer from NGA
October 11, 2010

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When a flower is spend or faded you should prune it off your plant. The act of pruning encourages new growth. Simply grasp the spent flower in one hand and follow the stem it's attached to down to a pair of leaves. Make your cut just above this pair of leaves. Two new stems will usually emerge from just below the cut you make. Hope this clarifies things for you.

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