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Deadheading Perennials

Deadheading Perennials

Q.  Will cutting spent flowers off of my perennials encourage more blooms? 

 A.  Removing old or spent flowers is known as deadheading. Most ornamental plants benefit from deadheading; however, newly planted young plants are less likely to require frequent deadheading in their first year of growth.

There are several reasons for deadheading. Most gardeners do it because it aesthetically looks better when dead plant material is removed, such as peonies and annual pinks (Dianthus chinensis).

Deadheading can prevent self-seeding...