May 30, 2013

There are a couple of big reasons why you should deadhead spent blooms. 

First, and foremost, deadheading will promote new flower growth. All things in nature have a built in desire to reproduce offspring. Flower plants are no exception. Inside of the flower is where the seeds are produced to create the next generation of plants. Once they have been produced, the plant has satisfied its need to reproduce. At that time, flower production stops. Sometimes the life cycle is complete, and the plant dies.

By deadheading the blooms, you trick the plant into believing that its reproductive task is not yet accomplished. Often, the plant will then produce another series of flowers.Dead flowers lose their color, dry up, and in general, begin to look ugly. So, reason number two to deadhead flowers is pretty obvious. It will make your plant look better and overall spruce up the appearance of your flower bed. Many gardeners will take this as an opportunity to trim and reshape the plant into an attractive shape.When Should I Deadhead my Flowers?

It is usually best to remove spent bloom as soon as the flower has begins to fade or dies. Some flowers, like Lilacs and other flowering perennials need to be removed immediately after blooming, or you risk trimming off next year’s blooms.

How Do I Deadhead my Flowers?

Most flowers and flowering plants can be deadheaded by simply pinching off the dead flower with your fingertips. For perennial flowers, you should remove the dead flower (even though another may not produce within the same season) by hand. Once the foliage has wilted/browned, the stems can be removed. While deadheading may be time consuming and tedious, the professionals of Twin Oaks can take care of it for you.