Flowers That Need Deadheading
Learn which plants need to have their flowers removed to keep producing beautiful blooms.
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Deadheading Q and A
Q. Do I have to cut back my African daisies to get more blooms? Will this work with Wave petunias?
A. You can often prolong bloom by removing spent flowers, but that's not true for all flowering plants. When a flower remains on a plant, the plant's energy is diverted into producing seed, rather than more flowers. Deadheading (removing the spent flower by pinching off or cutting back) is a must for many annuals but not all. With perennials, which generally have a shorter bloom period, deadheading usually isn't necessary but is used just to keep the plant looking tidy.
As to your question, African daisies absolutely have to be deadheaded or you'll soon be running out of new flowers. With Wave petunias, however, and many of the newer types of petunias, no deadheading is necessary; the plant keeps producing flowers whether or not the old ones are removed.
Plants That Need Deadheading
petunias (species and older varieties)
Plants That Don't Need Deadheading
celosia (plume and wheat types)
verbena (groundcover types)
Wave petunias and other new petunia varieties
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