If you are a keen gardener you will be all too aware that a gardeners work is never done. There will forever be something you need to do in your garden to keep it looking at it’s very best. One of those seemingly never-ending chores is deadheading.
Deadheading is when you carefully remove any damaged or dead plant heads from a flower or plant. This is an important part of a gardeners weekly chores and should be a regular job that is kept on top of. Deadheading has many benefits to a plant and today we look into some of those:
Maintaining a tidy garden: Once a flower or plant head has died, it will no longer give off the beauty and fragrance you may love it for. When this has happened it can be a good idea to carefully remove these deadheads because it can make your garden design look untidy. By removing deadheads, it will ensure you are maintaining an attractive and visually appealing garden.
Prolonging the life of your plants: Deadheads are not only unsightly for you, but they also have negative impacts on your plants and flowers. Plant heads and buds that have died can actually stop regrowth. This means the growth of new and additional seeds can be delayed or hindered because the plant’s energy is being used in the wrong places. By removing these deadheads you are encouraging the plant’s energy to be redirected into other areas where it is needed and especially into producing new flowers. It will also allow the plant to use it’s energy on living flowers and this can result in brighter, healthier looking flowers. In short terms, deadheading can prolong the life of a flower, and therefore allows you to enjoy your plant and garden for longer.
Avoiding unwanted growth of seedlings: One element you may not have considered when thinking about the negative impacts deadheads can have on your garden is the risk of unwanted seeds growing. After flowering, some plants produce seeds that if left can fall from the plant. If these are left to fall you could be at risk of a whole array of seedlings cultivating and growing where you may not want them to.
As you can probably see, deadheading has some very crucial benefits to garden lovers, and plants alike. If you feel we have missed out any important factors or advantages to deadheading, we would love to hear from you, tweet us.