Learn 3 important reasons why you should deadhead your perennials this summer in this quick podcast episode.




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Old zinnia flower ready to be removed or deadheaded.

Today’s Topic: 

Deadheading Perennials

In this podcast, you’ll learn 3 great reasons why you should deadhead your plants.

What You’ll Learn:

  • 3 great reasons to deadhead your plants.
  • What deadheading is.
  • Resources and links for more information.


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Deadheading Your Plants

We enjoy flowers and their color sooo much, but all beautiful things, especially in our gardens, have their season and then they wither and are done.

You might ask yourself, “should I clean the dead flowers off my plants and from the ground, OR should  I just leave them, like when these plants are in their natural setting, in nature?

Here are our 3 great reasons why you should deadhead your perennial plants this summer:

  1. To keep your garden looking clean and tidy. This can add to more enjoyment for you and others that visit your garden. With dead flowers and parts of plants laying around or still attached to plants, this can lead some of us to have increased anxiety or thinking we have unfinished business in our garden to get done. Getting things cleanup always looks and feels better.
  2. To make it less inviting for insects and diseases to either live or even thrive in your garden. Any dead or rotting plant material attracts insects and bacteria or fungi that start to help breaking down plant tissues. It’s natural for these to do this, but these insects and diseases can thrive and spread around your garden to damage other plants. Why give them that chance.
  3. To keep plants flowering and continue to bloom longer. When old flowers are removed as they start to fade or whither, this can stimulate some plants to keep blooming and produce more flowers. This is species specific and not all plants are capable of continuous blooming all summer if deadheaded, so make sure to know your plants and if they do have this ability. Why not put in some extra effort to keep seeing colorful flowers longer. Sounds great!


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Learn why deadheading perennials is an important garden task this summer in this quick podcast episode.