Echinacea Deadheading: Do You Need To Deadhead Coneflowers?
Do you need to deadhead coneheads or any other type of conifer? If so, what kind and how many cones should you remove from your trees? What are the benefits of doing it and why do I want to do it? How much time will it take me to accomplish this task?
These are all questions that come up frequently with regard to coneheads.
Coneheads are not only beautiful but they provide excellent shade during the summer months. They also add color to your landscape. When you live in a hot climate like California, coneheads make great additions to your landscaping because they keep the heat down around your home. For example, if you have a patio area at home, then coneheads will reduce the amount of sun that hits your house. Also, coneheads provide good drainage in your soil.
So what’s the problem with coneheads?
Well, there are several problems. First of all, they’re not very hardy plants. Their leaves die off quickly and their branches become weak and wobbly. Some species even drop their cones before dying! Other than that, they don’t produce anything except seeds which aren’t particularly useful either since most of them don’t germinate anyway (unless you plant them in water).
If you have coneheads in your yard, do you need to deadhead them?
Well, that’s up to you. Most people find that coneheads don’t produce many new shoots after a few years so it may not make a difference to your yard. They still look fairly nice even without deadheading them. If you do decide to deadhead, be sure to wear a pair of thick gloves since their seeds and cones contain natural oils that can cause skin irritation. To deadhead, follow the steps below.
Step 1 – Get a pair of thick gloves. Check to see if any new shoots are growing from the tip of the branches. If they are, cut them off at their base using a sharp knife or clippers. Be sure to clean your tools after you’re done since the oils in coneheads can cause skin irritation.
Step 2 – Put your gloves back on and inspect the entire plant for dead branches. Cut off any dead branches using your knife or clippers.
Step 3 – Check again in a few weeks. If you notice that the plant is producing new shoots from the base of the stem, cut them off at their bases too. Maintain the shape and density of the plant by deadheading regularly.
The steps above should give you an idea of what to do. Just remember to not overdo it lest you kill the conehead. A couple of times a year should be fine for most coneheads.
Deadheading Makes A Huge Difference!
Deadheading is one of those steps that you can either take or leave. Keep in mind, however, that deadheading can make a huge difference in the way your garden or yard looks. It keeps your landscape from looking too “wild” and helps to keep it looking nice and uniform. It’s especially helpful for plants that have white or light-colored flowers since it keeps them from being overrun by darker foliage.
So remember, if you have a conehead in your yard, just keep it deadheaded and your landscape will look great!
Sources & references used in this article:
Evaluation of Species and Cultivars of Coneflower for Southeastern US Landscapes by BA Fair – Journal of Environmental Horticulture, 2013 – meridian.allenpress.com
The Well-tended Perennial Garden: The Essential Guide to Planting and Pruning Techniques by T DiSabato-Aust – 2017 – books.google.com
Perennials for Northern Arizona above 6000 Foot Elevations by T DiSabato-Aust – 2006 – Timber Press
Deer in My Garden: Vol. 1: Perennials & Subshrubs by H Braun, T DeGomez – 2011 – repository.arizona.edu
Taylor’s guide to growing North America’s favorite plants: proven perennials, annuals, flowering trees, shrubs, & vines for every garden by C Singer – 2006 – books.google.com