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aliceblue
Feb 22, 2017 10:12 AM CST
I know that picking blooms or deadheading stimulates plants to bloom more - or insure their seed will continue - but does the same hold true for daffodils, tulips and iris?
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DaisyI
Feb 22, 2017 1:31 PM CST
As far as I know, the only reason to deadhead the plants you have mentioned to to prevent them spending energy on seed production.
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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 22, 2017 6:02 PM CST
Actually yes, it does help them to regenerate a stronger new bulb for next year if you cut off the spent flowers so they don't make seed pods. I always would deadhead my tulips and daffs, that returned beautifully year after year.

I had reblooming iris that consistently did rebloom (this doesn't always happen) so that may have been helped by the removal of the spent flower stems too. Not sure on that one. On a regular iris, I'm not sure but it certainly can't hurt. I'd always cut off the spent stems anyway just because the plants look nicer without them.

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dyzzypyxxy
Feb 24, 2017 8:17 PM CST
Alice, I went over to the Iris forum, and asked the question as to whether they remove spent stems or not. The overwhelming answer was to remove them, for a couple of different reasons one of which was that it seems to encourage faster and better regeneration of new rhizomes and leaves, which helps also with re-blooming on some irises.

The only reason anyone said they left a spent stem on the plant was if they had cross-pollinated the flowers intentionally and wanted the seeds.
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