The Easiest Way to Deadhead Flowers

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Deadheading flowers is totally easy and totally fun but it’s one of those chores that must be done! Across lots of different garden flowers like roses, marigolds, daisies and more, most flowering plants need a regular schedule of deadheading.

Here’s a simple guide – It’s the Easiest Way to Deadhead Flowers.

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What is Deadheading? And why do it?

Deadheading is removing the spent flowers or flowers that are past their prime. There are several different reasons to deadhead. It’s about trimming the plant and giving it a little haircut.

  1. Most Important: It helps the plant to form new flower and new growth.
  2. It helps prevent the plant from wasting energy by removing decay. This will help your plants stay healthier longer.
  3. It also helps your plant keep a prim and proper appearance and look really good!

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What type of Plants Need to Be Deadheaded?

Mostly flowers are the plants that need deadheading. In this blog, I’ll show you how I deadhead my own Daisies and Marigolds. But if you have gardenia, lilacs, roses, and bulbs like tulips, you will need to deadhead those too.

There are many flowers that don’t need to be deadheaded. For example sunflowers, salvia, and fuschias don’t need any additional attention.

How to Deadhead

Use your hands to gently dig through your plants. Find and isolate any stems that have dead flowers or have unhealthy tops. Use scissors to trim the stem directly above the highest healthy leaf.

Your stems will look like the images above. Be careful when you are cutting to not accidently cut healthy stems. And again cut the unhealthy stems above the a healthy set of leaves cutting close to the leaves.

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Deadhead often. I deadhead every 3-5 days. That’s the quirk is that this task is ongoing and needs to happen often. But if you do it, you will have healthy gorgeous plants while they are in bloom.

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