Skip Nav
Affordable Decor
Affordable Decor Gifts That Look Luxuriously Expensive
Barack Obama
The Obamas Are Trading the White House For This $5.3M Mansion
HGTV
You'll LOL When You Hear What the Property Brothers Found Inside the Walls of a Reno

How to Deadhead Flowers

Garden Therapy: Don't Forget to Deadhead


Deadheading can seem daunting, but it's a simple process that will keep your flowers looking fantastic and blooming all season long. By removing the dead flowers, you're tricking the plant into producing more buds, but don’t just pull off the petals. To properly deadhead flowers, be sure to discard spent blossoms as well as seed pods, which are located at the center or just behind the flower. Some people like to get rid of the dead bits by pinching them off, while others just use gardening shears. It's a personal preference, but either method is fine — I generally use my fingers, but will reach for the shears with sticky plants like petunias, as well as for prickly ones such as roses. How do you know when a flower is dead? Dead flowers often turn brown or colorless and dry up. Don't worry if you accidentally remove a blossom that's not completely at the end of its life, a new stem and flower (or two) should grow in its absence.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I'm a novice gardener, and I learning the value of deadheading my flowering ornamentals. It seems that timing is important to keep the plant continuing with blooms.
Magnolia Bakery Hibiscus Flower Cupcakes How-To
DIY Home Exterior Makeover
Drew Barrymore's Love of Flowers
Flowers That Grow in the Fall
Facts About Peonies
Small-Space Gardening DIYs
Joanna Gaines's Flower Hack

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Home & Garden
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds