Deadheading Edelweiss - Knowledgebase Question

Denver, CO
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Question by fhart
June 22, 2000
Is it necessary to deadhead Edelweiss? If so, is it done when the inner part turns from yellow to brown?

Answer from NGA
June 22, 2000
Deadheading is done to prolong bloom periods especially for annual flowers, which can bloom throughout a season. The goal is to prevent the plant from expending energy going to seed. Perennials, including edelweiss, typically have shorter bloom periods, so deadheading is more a matter of "cosmetics" (to keep the plants looking neat), not necessity. (Edelweiss blooms approximately June - July, depending on local conditions.) It may help to prolong the bloom period somewhat. Edelweiss is short-lived, though, and it's more important to divide and replant it every couple of years to maintain its health and good looks. You may want to save your energy for that project!

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