Deadheading Petunias - Knowledgebase Question

Name: kathleen dedrick
Milton, FL
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Question by kathyd43
March 26, 1999
I thought deadheading was pulling off the faded petals of my petunias. Am I supposed to cut the whole flower off after it fades, and now that seeds are producing where I only pulled off the blooms, do I cut the seeds off?

Answer from NGA
March 26, 1999
Deadheading is cutting off the blooms, after they are spent and on their way out. It is useful on some flowers to keep them looking tidy and blooming well.

I don't think that is necessary or practical for petunias. They will keep on blooming fine and look great without deadheading. Sometimes an occasional shearing back of the entire plant a bit may be helpful to encourage a flush of new growth and blooms, as well as a bushier plant.

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