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can anyone help me please, i am a new to gardening and i have several Echinecias growing throughout my garden, just want to know, do you dead head them once the the flower is fading like you do with pansies, does it encourage more blooms throughout  the summer?

any tips will be much appreciated



if you dead head plants it stops them putting energy into seed making so you'll get more growth. Some plants will flower again. I've just got my first echinacea to flower so too soon for me to say. 

I'm a great seed collector so I don't do much dead heading and some perennials stand tall and brown through the winter, protecting the plant, the insects and looking great with frost on

Yes remove fading flower stem ASAP.   ....if you want more flowers.  And don't let it dry out too much


and next spring the slugs will love them almost as much as delphiniums.

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