Trim back flowers?

battery841May 22, 2010

Not sure if this is the right forum so apologies if it isn't.

I have a window basket of assorted flowers on my balcony this year. Of course the flowers bloom and then shed the pedals after a few days. Is it recommended to trim those back after the pedals have disappeared? Does it matter? Thanks.

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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It depends upon the plant, but generally speaking it is a good idea to remove the spent flowers. That is what is called 'dead heading'...I'll bet that you've heard that term. Some plants require deadheading in order to continue production of flowers, others aren't so particular.

Dead heading allows your plant to put more energy into making more blooms instead of making seeds. Plants aren't crazy about having to tend to both tasks at the same time.

Just so you know, you can find even more information about annual and perennial plants in the forums with those titles. Of course, we're happy to answer your question here.

Do you know what kind of flowers you have?

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 2:03PM
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I didn't think to look for annuals or perennials. Just searched for flowers.

I have a bunch of flowers. Here they are.

Dianthus (Telstar Picotee)
Red Marietta (Marigold)
Castle Mix (Celosia)
Hawaii Blue (Ageratum)
Victoria Blue (Salvia Farinacea)
Vista Red (Salvia)
Orange Boy (Marigold)
Sunstorm White/Eye (Vinca)
Portulaca (Margarita Rosita)
Sonata Pink Blush (Cosmos)

Thoughts? Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 7:08PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

The only plant that wouldn't benefit from deadheading is the portulaca. Even that one will like a hair cut mid-season, when grown in containers.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 5:00AM
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Thanks for the thoughts. I have trimmed all but the Portulaca and it looks a little cleaner now.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2010 at 11:54AM
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