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lynne24

good afternoon everyone, i bought 2 phlox plants a couple of months ago, 1 white and 1 pink, the flowers are pretty much gone on them now, my question is will they flower again, or do i need to dead head them, or are they just finished. thanks

 

fidgetbones

Assuming they are perennial phlox paniculata, and not the annual bedding  phlox, deadhead them. They may give a second flush, but only in very good conditions. Usually they will go yellow and the leaves fall off and they become dormant for the winter. I tend to leave the stalks on until spring, when they start growing, and then cut the old stalks down to the ground. That way I don't forget where they are and put the fork through them.

lynne24

thanks fidgetbones, i bought them as perennials, so i hope they are

fidgetbones

they will be double the spread next year when they come up.

Giving them a generous mulch now whelp pay dividends next summer too.  I cut off flowered stems ASAP amd then do get repeat flowers.

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lynne24

thanks for the advise, i thought i should deadhead them, the seed heads underneath the flowers remind of geraniums, hope that doesnt sound silly 

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