Should I Deadhead Geraniums?
The question if it’s worth it to deadhead geraniums is one of the most asked questions by people. There are many reasons why you might want to remove spent blooms from your gardenia plants. You may have noticed that some flowers are not producing any flowers at all or they’re just producing tiny white blossoms with no scent whatsoever. These kinds of flower are called “spent” because they’ve been completely consumed by other plant life. If you have ever tried to pull out a spilt flower, you’ll know what I’m talking about!
Spent blooms are often caused by poor growing conditions such as too much sun, soil that’s too dry or even lack of water. So when these factors come together, the result is wasted blooms. Other times it could be due to pests eating away at the flowers and destroying them before they can bloom fully. Whatever the reason, removing these unwanted flowers will ensure that you get a better harvest next year.
How To Remove Spent Blooms From Gardenia Plants?
There are several ways to remove spent blooms from your gardenia plants. Some methods involve using chemicals while others don’t require any special tools. Regardless of which method you choose, there are certain things you need to keep in mind when doing so.
Make sure you wear protective gloves when deadheading gardenias. The oils from the spent flowers can cause skin irritations and allergies in some people. You should also wear clothing that covers your arms and legs to prevent any unintended exposure to these oils as well. Using good quality gloves and clothing will ensure that you don’t absorb any of these oils through your skin.
When pulling spent flowers by hand, be careful not to break the stems off too close to the base of the flower. Doing so may cause the plant to stop the nutrients from that flower from being distributed throughout the rest of the plant. Instead, simply pull the entire spent bloom out of the gardenia’s soil and dispose of it. It’s also a good idea to cut away any leaves that have fallen below the soil as well. This will help to ensure that the gardenias are getting proper nutrients and that nothing is stopping them from becoming larger plants.
It’s also important to keep in mind that it may take a few years before you notice a significant increase in your gardenia plants blooming. You should still practice these methods even after the first year because the more you do it, the bigger and stronger your gardenias will grow.
Cutting The Flowers?
Some people prefer to cut their spent blooms off their gardenias instead of pulling them by hand for a couple of reasons. For one, it can sometimes be difficult to pull out the entire bloom without breaking the stem. Using a pair of scissors or clippers will allow you to get right to the base and remove it while leaving the stem intact. This is especially helpful if you know that there are several buds along the stem that haven’t bloomed yet. Removing the entire bloom may prevent those from blooming later which would be a shame!
Gardenias are a beautiful and elegant flower that help make your home smell great. Deadheading your gardenias on a regular basis will not only keep them looking great but it will also ensure that you get the most out of your plant! Try some of these tips out this spring and see just how great your gardenias can be!
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