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Trim back flowers?

Posted by battery841 IL (My Page) on
Sat, May 22, 10 at 8:47

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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RE: Trim back flowers?

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?

RE: Trim back flowers?

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.

RE: Trim back flowers?

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.

RE: Trim back flowers?

Thanks for the thoughts. I have trimmed all but the Portulaca and it looks a little cleaner now.

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