What Flowers Are Worth Deadheading, In Your Opinion?

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    Jill Staake
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    Hey, gardeners! I’m getting ready to write a blog post here about deadheading, and why it matters (and when it doesn’t). Which flowers do you think are worth taking the time to deadhead, and which ones do you just leave to do their own thing?

    For instance, I find that my marigolds and geraniums really benefit from deadheading, because they produce a lot more flowers that way. But I don’t bother with my petunias, because it doesn’t seem to matter that much.

    What about you?


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    Gayle
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    All of them.  LOL  Seriously I deadhead just about everything up until near the end of the season.  Then I let some flower heads remain if I want to gather seeds for those.

    I never could make my DH understand why I was deadheading.  He didn’t get the idea that it makes most varieties bloom better & longer because all the energy goes into more blooms rather than into forming seeds.

    Petunias definitely need it unless you have some of the newer varieties but I deadhead those too.


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    I deadhead all flowers until Labor Day.  Our growing season is so short that I want to enjoy them for as long as possible.  There is plenty of time for saving seeds after Labor Day.

    Deadheading stimulates more blooms in annuals, and some perennials will bloom longer or bloom for a 2nd time with proper deadheading.

    Jill…petunias will bloom more if they are deadheaded the right way.  I know many just pluck the bloom, but you should actually snip the whole thing off or the plant is still busy forming seed pods rather than concentrating on blooming.  Charlene


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    Jill Staake
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    Oh, I hear you guys on petunias. But they’re actually a cool-season annual here (can’t stand the humidity and rain of our summers – they just rot), and I only have them for a couple of months each year. So I kind of just let them do their own thing and enjoy them while they’re here. But this is exactly the kind of advice I’m looking for to write my post - Keep it coming!


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    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    Ga Girls Flowers
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    Jill if you will cut your petunias off level with the pot you will have another round of growth and blooms..I do this all the time….I don”t call it dead heading , just mowing down to the pot ream…you will not think this will work but it does…I am in Ga. same conditions as you have. I try to deadhead a lot of my flowers but who has all that time..


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    Gayle
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    Petunias don’t really do well here either Jill so I can imagine what they do in Fla.


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    Jill Staake
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    I’ll give that a try, Ga Girls! I bought some really beautiful ones this year that are pink with green around the edge. I’d LOVE to get a little more life out of them!


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    Jill….sorry, I forget about the zone difference sometimes when giving information.

    Another thing about deadheading…..I have several perennial flowers that I love, but they seem to be a bit invasive.  I have found that if I deadhead them until they go dormant, (they freeze here) I do not have as many the next year.  Dare I say “nip them in the bud?”  LOL  Charlene


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    SunshineNY6
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    All annuals, especially if you want to get enjoyment from them the whole season. They bloom to produce seeds. Once they produce the seeds, their job is done and they are no more. Deadhead so that they continue to bloom until you stop so that nature takes its course.


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    flowerpowerz5
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    I deadhead everything including petunia’s . I was surprised when I dead headed some perennials and they rebloomed.  I learned that from this board. Plus when you deadhead it keeps your garden looking neater. I have to remember to dead head BEFORE I mow the lawn because I tend to drop them on the grass.


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    wilderness_NY_Z4
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    Sandy, when I go out to check the beds I carry a baggy in my pocket in case there is something that needs deadheading and also a little pair of scissors.

    I deadhead all annuals.  Even if they are say a spring bloomer, they will continue to at least be green if they are deadheaded.  I hate to see shriveled up blooms in a garden.


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    ili Z.9
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    I do the same, deadheading and cleaning shriveled dead stuff…especially with this small Couryard where everything is visible and exposed…lol…no excuse not to do it!!…it is actually very enjoyable and relaxing….


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    Jo Ann
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    We cut our petunias the same way Janet said she does hers.  Ben says we are giving them a haircut.


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    negranny
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    should you dead head hybiscus?  Mine didn’t do well at all last year.


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    Kim
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    I’d say the only plants/flowers that I do not deadhead are those on vines such as;  cypress, black-eyed susan, passion, and Mexican flame.  They’re pretty much self-cleaning and continue to produce an abundance of blooms without deadheading.  Lantana pretty much takes care of itself in that sense, too.  Oh, and gladiolas….they’re another one that I just leave to do their own thing.

    Kim


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