Scotch broom care - Knowledgebase Question

Bayside, Ne
Question by danahedman
May 23, 2009
Once the scotchbroom flowers die, should we deadhead them? We bought 3 last year, and one died. We were told we should have deadheaded the flowers. Although the other two survived...


Answer from NGA
May 23, 2009


Whether or not you deadhead your scotch brooms should not make a difference in their overall health. I like to shear mine back after flowering. It stops the plants from producing seed pods (which saps the plant's energy - and I don't like to see them hanging there!). Either cut individual stems back below the spent flowers or use a hedge trimmer to prune them back into a compact shape. If you prune them back every year they will develop into thick, dense shrubs. If you do not prune them back they will have a more open growth habit. Best wishes with your Scotch brooms!

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