Here is a look at this week’s podcast: How To Deadhead Annuals & Perennials. Just click on the episode button below to listen in, or read on to discover how deadheading both your annual and perennial flowers can make a huge difference in both the heath of your plants, and how well and how often they bloom!
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Deadheading is the practice of removing old blooms from plants as they begin to fade. And whether you are growing annuals or perennials, it can make an incredible difference in the long-term vitality of your plants. And of course, how much and how often they bloom!
Why Deadheading Is Important
Not only is removing old flowers a great way to keep plants looking fresh and well-kept, it also helps them to use and send their resources where they are needed most.
When and old flower stays on a plant, it continues to take energy from the plant. Plants are designed to heal and spend energy on any part that is still viable. This includes trying to heal broken branches or stems, and trying to rejuvenate blooms that have begun to fade.
But by removing these decaying flowers, you allow the plant to put all of its energy into plant health and new blooms. For annual flowers, this means producing more blooms and more colorful flowers.
For perennials, it can mea longer lasting blooms, more blooms, and most importantly, more energy for the plant to put toward it’s foliage and next year’s growth.
How To Deadhead – Annuals vs Perennials
The benefits of deadheading annuals vs. perennials certainly vary. For annual flowers, deadheading is all about helping to keep plants in massive color. The more often your remove failing blooms, the more new blooms will appear.
Geraniums, marigolds, petunias and most other annuals benefit from regular deadheading. Even plants (such as wave petunias) that are specifically grown to need less deadheading still benefit from removing the old flowers.
For annuals, removing spent blooms once or twice every week can pay big dividends. You can remove the blooms quite easily by hand, or with a sharp pair of scissors.
Deadheading can be just as vital for perennial plants. although deadheading can help to promote additional blooms and prolonged blooming periods, it’s even more important for helping to keep the foliage strong and healthy for the duration of the growing season.
Most perennials will bloom for 2 to 3 week cycles. But you can extend that timeline with deadheading. And in the process, also create stronger and longer lasting individual blooms
For perennials like hardy geranium / blanketflower, it can be just like annuals
How to deadhead perennials with massive blooms – hardy geraniums – ( use string trimmer)
Deadheading – Can you compost the blooms?
Non seed heads – yes
Stems – yes
Perennial or annual seed heads – can cause more issues from re-seeding in the compost pile, so it is best to leave them out.