Asked on Jun 28, 2013

Do you dead head flowers in the garden after they bloom?

Annie StuartDouglas HuntKris Vavra


I have perennial garden and want to trim back after the flowers bloom but not sure if its good for all the plants.
3 answers
  • Kris Vavra
    on Jun 28, 2013

    Gerry I usually dead head my annuals especially the petunia's. Most annual and perennials will re bloom for you if you dead head and trim them back after the blooms are ready to fall away. Hope that helps.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 28, 2013

    Even if plants don't re-bloom, Gerry, it's generally a good idea to deadhead. Washington State University has the whys and the how-tos here:

  • Annie Stuart
    on Jun 28, 2013

    I compulsively deadhead. Marigolds, petunias and geraniums will rebloom and fill out if you keep at it. it's gotten so that when i visit other places and they have ratty geraniums i get itchy fingers and need to "groom" them.

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