Deadheading Flowers to Prolong Bloom

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Master gardener William Moss demonstrates the proper technique for deadheading your flowers to prolong bloom.

    William Moss: After a long summer, many of the garden flowers are going to seed. If you want to keep them blooming you got to remove those spent flowers, let's talk deadheading.

    In gardening, deadheading also called topping means to remove spent flowers; you cut off developing seed heads to redirect the plant's energy. Rather than focusing on making seeds, you want to plant to put more energy and to provide a beautiful flowers, you make the cut either just below the seed head or if you come all the way down to a leaf axle and cut right above that like our susans, cornflowers, roses and daisies respond best to dead heading.

    In mid autumn you can leave some of the seed heads up for the birds, they'll come in and eat the seed all through fall and winter. So if you want to extend your bloom time deep into autumn grab your pruners and deadhead. Get out and grow.