Cutting back dead flowers - Knowledgebase Question

Kalamazoo, Mi
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Question by patsyjparker
August 22, 2009
Does it hurt a plant (shasta daisy or monarda/Bee Balm) to cut the dead flowers back as soon as they are dead? Does the plant need the seeds that drop to reproduce for next year?

Answer from NGA
August 22, 2009
Both plants are perennials and do not need to make seeds in order to return next year. In fact, Shasta daisies have sterile flowers and will not produce seeds. I would cut off the spent flowers. Not only does it make the plant look better, deadheading encourages new flowers. Enjoy your garden!

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