If you’ve taken the time and effort to plant flowers, there’s no question you’ll want them to thrive as long as possible. Make that happen with the basic gardening practice of deadheading, the key to a long season of fabulous, colorful flowers.
Deadheading refers to removing spent or faded flowers from both annual and perennial plants. Typically, once a plant has finished flowering, it suspends the flowering process in order to form seeds. When you deadhead, the energy, strength, and nutrients that would have gone into producing new seed generates more flowers instead. This means you can get a second show, or maybe several more, over the course of the growing season.
Deadheading doesn’t cost a dime or require any special equipment, but it does require the right technique. Read on to learn the secrets to success—and enjoy your gorgeous garden for months to come.
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