Orange calendula blooms

Deadheading tips

Find out why deadheading is important and read our advice on how to do it effectively.

There are many reasons to deadhead – to keep plants looking their best, to extend the display and to prevent them setting seed. Find out more about why deadheading is important and read our advice on how to deadhead your plants.

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Here are a few extra tips for snipping around the garden.

Let a few flowers form seed

Leave a few flowers on hardy annuals such as love-in-a-mist, nasturtiums and calendula to form seed pods. Let these ripen and dry out, then collect for sowing in autumn or spring.

Orange calendula blooms
Orange calendula blooms

Pinch out and apply liquid feed

Pinch out the straggly growth of fuchsias and other summer bedding to encourage new shoots that will produce more flowers. If you also water regularly and apply liquid feed, you will ensure the display continues into the autumn.

Measuring out liquid feed to dilute in a watering can
Measuring out liquid feed to dilute in a watering can

Let some plants form seedheads

Be selective with your deadheading. The seedheads of many plants, such as honesty, are highly ornamental in winter.

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Decorative purple seedheads of honesty
Decorative purple seedheads of honesty

Encourage roses to bloom again

Snip faded blooms from repeat-flowering roses, cutting back flowers or clusters to a lower leaf. This will encourage a second flush of blooms later in the year. Some varieties produce attractive hips in autumn, so it’s worth leaving these flowers in place.

Deadheading a rose
Deadheading a rose