Deadheading

The blooms of a flower is something that we all look forward to in spring and summer. The anticipation of the colour show is like watching a beautiful symphony put on by Mother Nature. If there were a way to promote new flowers all season long with some of the varieties in our yards, wouldn’t you want to do it? Well there is a way! It is called deadheading and it is a very simple way to ensure the health and beauty of your re-blooming plants! No not all flowering plants will re bloom, there are many that just bloom once and that is it.  If you are unsure, you will have to research; if it is a new plant, the tag typically gives that information.

What does it mean: to deadhead? The whole purpose of doing this is to encourage the plant to keep directing their energy into producing more blooms, rather than seeds. This should be done as soon as you notice the bloom is not looking its best. Go ahead and clip the stem with a pair of clean sharp pruners. You will need to take the whole stem down, right to the first set of leaves below. This is a vital key to this process: making sure you are removing the entire stem down that first set of leaves. If you are just removing the bloom, this is not going to encourage new growth and bloom.

Annual bedding plants are the first plants we think of when it comes to deadheading: petunias, impatience, snap dragons etc. Annuals are programmed genetically to die after flowering. Deadheading spent blooms regularly will prolong blooming, so you can enjoy their beauty for the length of the entire season!

Spring flowering bulbs such as tulip, daffodils and scilla do not benefit from deadheading, as they just bloom once.  Snipping the spent blooms will help keep the garden looking tidy. Poppies and Peonies bloom once, so removing the spent blooms keeps the foliage looking clean and healthy for the remainder of the season. More importantly, it promotes new fuller foliage and entices root growth as well, so you have a nice full healthy plant for the seasons to come.

Many folks think deadheading is a tedious time consuming task. It only takes a short amount of time each day to go out and deadhead. Little effort with big reward!

Happy Gardening!

 

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 Guest post by Jackie - Bylands Account Representative

I was born and raised in Saskatchewan. I grew up in a small town just outside of Saskatoon and have called Saskatoon home for nearly 20 years. My hobbies include gardening, landscape design, dogs, yoga and physical fitness. My husband, son and I are very passionate about nature. We spend as much time as we can in the summer up north camping, fishing, hiking and kayaking. Northern Saskatchewan is absolutely stunning, the boreal forest, wildlife and sunsets are something we can never seem to get enough of.