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Deadheading Flowers – Necessary or not?

rose in need of deadheading

If you work for an airline then to you “deadheading” means flying free of charge when you’re not working but for us gardeners it means carefully removing faded blooms. I find it quite enjoyable and certainly preferable to some other gardening tasks such as digging but is deadheading flowers really necessary? The answer is undoubtedly yes but it does depend on the plant.

Reasons for deadheading flowers:

  • Keeps the plant looking tidy and with plants such as roses stops the petals from scattering
  • Encourages the plant to produce more flowers (which of course leads to more deadheading!)
  • Directs energy into stronger growth

Worth deadheading:

Not worth deadheading:

  • Plants that bear autumn berries
  • Roses with attractive hips
  • Plants with attractive seed heads
  • Sunflowers – leave them for the birds!
  • Plants such as lobelia that produce numerous tiny flowers

The jury seems to be out as to whether or not it is worth deadheading the larger varieties of Fuchsia. The small bedding ones yes but maybe not the larger What do you think? If you have any thoughts on this do please post a comment, I’d be interested to know.

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About Lis

Our Suttons Blog comes from Lis Wallace, Head of Customer Service here at Suttons since 2002. Living on the edge of Dartmoor Lis has a large and “somewhat tricky” garden split across several levels but with the bonus of a stream tumbling through and a large, fertile veg patch. Across the blog Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained over the years from her father, from working at Suttons and also from her own trial and error. Storm the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do!

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