Deadheading Flowers: Encouraging A Second Bloom In The Garden
The first bloom of spring is one of the most beautiful times in nature. There are many reasons why we enjoy it so much. For instance, there’s the beauty of flowers themselves, but also their color and fragrance. And then there’s the fact that they’re full with life energy!
In order to encourage another bloom in the garden, it’s necessary to get rid of some old leaves or stems. Some plants like roses require very little care; others such as dahlias may need a bit more attention. Let’s take a look at some of these plants and how to do them right!
A second bloom in the garden means more food for your plants, which will result in better growth and bigger blooms. It also means more joy for you, because you’ll have something new to add to your home décor.
You might think that deadheading flowers is just a matter of cutting off the bottom part of the flower petals, but it’s not quite that simple. First of all, you need to make sure that you cut only those parts where the stem meets the base of the flower. You might also need to remove some of the older petals so that the plant knows that it’s time for a new bloom.
Of course, you don’t want to cut off the entire stem, because that would kill your flower. Instead, you’ll want to leave about an inch or so on the stem. The actual amount will depend on the type of plant that you’re working on.
Deadheading roses is fairly simple. They’re one of the few types of flowers that actually bloom better after they’ve been pruned a bit.
You can deadhead these flowers in a couple of different ways. You can cut the entire stem at the base and remove it from the garden altogether. You can also cut off the bottom portion of the stem and leave the rest in place. This will encourage another bloom to grow out of this stem in a few weeks or so.
Deadheading sunflowers is a bit different than deadheading most other plants. Instead of just snipping the stem off at the base, you need to cut through the very bottom portion of the petals. This is where they connect with the center of the flower and it’s important that you don’t damage this part in any way. If you do, then your plant won’t bloom next year.
While this may sound a bit difficult at first, you’ll find that it’s actually pretty easy. Just make an “X” with the blades of your scissors. Cut through the bottom portion of the petals until you see that they’re starting to become a lighter color towards the center. These are the parts that you want to leave intact.
Deadheading hollyhocks is also pretty easy. You simply cut the stem off at the base of the plant. It will grow back bushier and fuller than it was before, so this is a good time to divide the plants in your garden and give them their own space.
Deadheading peonies is a bit more tricky than most other flowers. If you simply cut the stem off at the base, then you may very well damage the plant itself. Instead, you should make a sharp cut about one inch away from the stem. You will also want to avoid cutting in a straight line.
Instead, you should make your cuts in an “X” formation to avoid damaging the plant.
Deadheading impatiens is very easy. In fact, you can cut the stems off as much as you like and the plant will continue to bloom again and again. Some gardeners will actually trim these plants down to a small nub every few weeks so that they never stop blooming. You can also take the entire stem and stick it in a glass of water to force it to bloom indoors.
Deadheading begonias is very easy as well. This is another plant that you can cut back as much as you like and it will continue to grow and bloom. Some gardeners will take cuttings from these plants and root them in water so that they can enjoy them indoors during the winter.
Deadheading is a task that may seem a bit tedious, but it really is important for keeping your flowers healthy and thriving in your garden.
The type of pruning you choose to do, will depend on the type and condition of the plants in your garden. For instance, if you have some wilting flowers that need immediate attention, you may want to trim them back a bit and dig them up immediately so that they aren’t thirsty for too long. You may also decide to cut the stems off completely and remove them from your garden altogether.
If you have flowers that don’t appear to be wilting at all, then you can simply snip the stems a bit as well as deadhead them. This will encourage them to bloom again in a few weeks. If you want to keep some of these flowers indoors, you can take cuttings of these and root them in water until you’re ready to replant them in your garden later.
As you can see, there is a bit of skill involved in all of this. You need to observe your flowers and decide what needs to be done with each and every one of them. Pruning and deadheading is not a one size fits all type of job. You’ll need to tailor make it for your garden and the type of plants that you’re working with.
Make notes of your progress, so that you can keep track of what is working and what isn’t. You don’t want to be moving forward in a haphazard fashion and end up with a garden full of dead plants!
With a little effort, some elbow grease and a lot of patience, you’ll soon have a garden full of beautiful flowers that are thriving in their new homes. You can then sit back and appreciate the work that you’ve accomplished and enjoy the fruits (or in this case, flowers) of your labor.