Plant Care Tips : How to Deadhead Flowers

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen from vanveenbulbs.


Next we are going to talk about how to deadhead flowers.

So it is really not that complicated.

My theory in my garden is if it looks lush and beautiful leave it alone and if it looksdead cut it out.

Deadheading is just like it sounds.

You are just cutting the headsof the dead flowers out.

So right now these acidenthera have been blooming but there arestill some blooms on them.

The bottom part looks tacky so I'll just cut these littleparts that are done blooming out or I can pull them right out too.

A lot of times ifyou leave them they'll go to seed and then you can spread the seeds around but with deadheadingyou are pretty much cutting them out before they go to seed.

As soon as they look tackyyou are chopping them out.

So I am kind of just pulling these out that is a good wayto do it.

I have got this agapanthus, it's done blooming, the color is gone.

It is makingseed pods so to deadhead it I am actually just going to cut it to the ground and cutthe stem out.

These are actually seed pods so my rule of thumb is they are not completelydry but there is still seeds in there so instead of throwing them away what I have done isjust cut them out and I'm cutting the greens out and I'm just letting those seeds dropback down by my agapanthus or Lily of the Nile and a lot of times they will start newstarts that way.

The same with my Cala Lilies, a lot of times towards the end of the bloomingcycle you will get what is called seed pods and these actually are pods of bulbs.

So I'mdeadheading but I'm actually saving these seed pods and so my rule of thumb is I don'tusually hold anything because I am too busy to deal with it later so I will turn aroundas soon as I deadhead and plant that seed pod back in the ground.

It might not do anythingfor a few years but eventually it will grow.

That is what I've always been so amazed about.

The same with these Cana Lilies.

They are done blooming but the stem right here lookstacky so I'm just chopping it to where the leaf is.

The leaf is still helping.

So againI've got all these little seed pods so I could just clear those out but again I always giveplants a chance to grow so I am actually cutting the seed and I could save them and plant themnext Spring or I could throw them in the ground now but I kind of just take the seeds andsprinkle them around and over the years I find that I get lost more plants in the future.

So a lot of times when I deadhead too, you know this is still blooming but it has justkind of fallen over and looks a little bit tacky so I am actually going to cut it outand these too.

A lot of times just by straightening them out a little bit they will look a lotbetter and they won't fall over.

So it is not necessarily the blooms that I cut out,anything that turns brown or looks tacky I have been chopping out of my garden and itjust makes it look better.

It is like giving my garden a haircut and there are all typesof plants that you can deadhead and the same thing like this Galtonia is just about doneblooming so I'm just going to chop it out and again I can save the seeds, sprinkle theseeds around or I can throw them out.

It really doesn't matter, they're going to come backno matter what I do.

When you deadhead you don't have to be that strict.

I kind of justgo in and cut out the dead plants.

I have got a little tiny geranium here and I am justcutting the dead flowers out.

So eventually as I keep clearing out everything I will findthat it just looks better and I do this maybe only once or twice a month and it seems tomake all the difference and it makes it a lot easier task at the end of the Summer wheneverything dies back.

So deadheading is something that is easy to do.

Do it when you think aboutit and always compost your extra plants that you don't need any more.

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