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Deadheading a flower should be done soon after the flower dies. This will ensure that your plant wastes no energy on seed formation. Deadheading flowers soon after their blooms die will also keep your flowers looking attractive and fresh longer.
To deadhead, you should trim the flowerstalk back to where a side shoot is forming or where a side shoot has already pushed out on the flower stalk. Always make your cutting on a slant. This will allow water and dew to run off of the cut instead of pooling up inside the cut.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|