trimming flowering perennials - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by johannaivich
June 24, 2007
Hi...I've been told to

Answer from NGA
June 24, 2007


What you have read is true; deadheading, or removing spent flowers, will stop seed production and the plant will then have more energy to produce more flowers. This is true for most perennials, however some will have only a single flush of blooms each year so deadheading is more of a way to keep the plant looking neat and attractive than it is to encourage additional blooms. I'd prune off any dead flowers and dead stems and branches, too.

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