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Daffodil deadheading

Last post 26-03-2017 10:06 AM by Logissimo. 4 replies.

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  • 22/03/2017 02:53 PM
    • Logissimo
    • Blanzay sur Boutonne, France
    • 11 Apr 2011
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    On Gardeners' World last week Carol Klein demonstrated deadheading by removing the whole flower stem. I have always nipped off the head just behind the ovary. What is the current wisdom? Any advice gratefully received!

  • 22/03/2017 08:26 PM
    • Nigel
    • Paignton
    • 27 May 2008
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     I'm not sure it makes a difference. Removing the whole stem might look neater. I end up doing some of each.

  • 22/03/2017 08:49 PM
    • Blackstart
    • Warwickshire
    • 06 Dec 2010
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    Swings and roundabouts I would think. Removing stems means more energy can go into bulb growth rather than keeping the flower stem healthy. Alternatively, by removing the stem you take away part of the plant that can still generate energy through photosynthesis. Also, I've seen some folk 'pull' the flower stems out rather than cutting them off leading to possible damage of the embryo flower bud for next spring. Personally, I would favour just removing the flower-heads as the flowers fade. Blackstart

  • 26/03/2017 10:05 AM
    • Logissimo
    • Blanzay sur Boutonne, France
    • 11 Apr 2011
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    Thanks Nigel

  • 26/03/2017 10:06 AM
    • Logissimo
    • Blanzay sur Boutonne, France
    • 11 Apr 2011
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    Thanks Blackstart; pretty well my conclusion too