Deadheading - Knowledgebase Question

greenfield, IN
Question by lpridgen
October 19, 2007
What does deadheading mean?

Answer from NGA
October 19, 2007


Deadheading simply means removing spent or dead flower blossoms on annuals and some perennials. This delays the plant from going to seed, and thus promotes a longer bloom season. You can pinch them off with your fingers or use scissors/clippers if you prefer. Some perennials would be cut back to the base of the flower stalk to encourage a second bloom period. I hope this helps with your flowers!

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