Deadheading Petunias

samslabchow(Z5 WI)June 28, 2007

Is there anything beneficial about deadheading a petunia bud that's alreading formed a seed pod? I know several people have said there's no need to deadhead petunias. I do have the time, so I don't mind. I also see the benefits of doing it, verses not doing it.

Sheryl

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tanoota(4 bordering on 3)

I bought a flat of pink wave and a flat of white wave petunias this year. I also have a nursery grown hanging basket of the purple and white double wave petunias.
The double wave petunias are the only ones that do not generate seed pods, but I do deadhead, anyway, as the dead flowers are so unsightly.

All of my pink and white waves DEFINITELY make HUGE big and fat seed pods. I must deadhead, I am assuming, because there would be so much energy going towards the seed pods.

What the heck??? I should NOT have to deadhead with waves. Since I have so many, this takes hours a day.

I'm sure these are waves, because they mound and drape so very beautifully, while my regular petunias look just like regular petunias....no gentle cascading and mounding.

Any clues on why my wave petunias are generating so many seed pods?

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tanoota(4 bordering on 3)

I bought a flat of pink wave and a flat of white wave petunias this year. I also have a nursery grown hanging basket of the purple and white double wave petunias.
The double wave petunias are the only ones that do not generate seed pods, but I do deadhead, anyway, as the dead flowers are so unsightly.

All of my pink and white waves DEFINITELY make HUGE big and fat seed pods. I must deadhead, I am assuming, because there would be so much energy going towards the seed pods.

What the heck??? I should NOT have to deadhead with waves. Since I have so many, this takes hours a day.

I'm sure these are waves, because they mound and drape so very beautifully, while my regular petunias look just like regular petunias....no gentle cascading and mounding.

Any clues on why my wave petunias are generating so many seed pods?

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tanoota(4 bordering on 3)

I bought a flat of pink wave and a flat of white wave petunias this year. I also have a nursery grown hanging basket of the purple and white double wave petunias.
The double wave petunias are the only ones that do not generate seed pods, but I do deadhead, anyway, as the dead flowers are so unsightly.

All of my pink and white waves DEFINITELY make HUGE big and fat seed pods. I must deadhead, I am assuming, because there would be so much energy going towards the seed pods.

What the heck??? I should NOT have to deadhead with waves. Since I have so many, this takes hours a day.

I'm sure these are waves, because they mound and drape so very beautifully, while my regular petunias look just like regular petunias....no gentle cascading and mounding.

Any clues on why my wave petunias are generating so many seed pods?

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
tanoota(4 bordering on 3)

I bought a flat of pink wave and a flat of white wave petunias this year. I also have a nursery grown hanging basket of the purple and white double wave petunias.
The double wave petunias are the only ones that do not generate seed pods, but I do deadhead, anyway, as the dead flowers are so unsightly.

All of my pink and white waves DEFINITELY make HUGE big and fat seed pods. I must deadhead, I am assuming, because there would be so much energy going towards the seed pods.

What the heck??? I should NOT have to deadhead with waves. Since I have so many, this takes hours a day.

I'm sure these are waves, because they mound and drape so very beautifully, while my regular petunias look just like regular petunias....no gentle cascading and mounding.

Any clues on why my wave petunias are generating so many seed pods?

    Bookmark   December 2, 0002 at 12:07AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
duluthinbloomz4

I have the time, too. And I dead head so the energy goes to helping the petunia stay bushy and full and producing more blooms as opposed to using all the energy to produce seed and getting leggy in the process.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2007 at 11:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Kat

I only have a couple of regular petunias and I still deadhead even if the pod has formed. Like duluthinbloom mentioned, I think it's better to get rid of the seed pods. But, with the different Wave series of petunias, I don't bother. They generally don't form seed pods until the days get shorter. I do trim their stems every so often and they get fuller that way. With the Waves, it's nice to have flowers that I don't have to deadhead. It gives me time to deadhead the ones that really need it.

Kat

    Bookmark   June 29, 2007 at 2:18AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

The aim of an annual plant is to put out a lot of flowers, lure the bees to pollinate and set seeds and then it doesn't need to bloom any more and it just sits there until it dies.
By cutting off any seed pods, you make the plant "think"...Oh my!! I have no seeds yet, I better put out more blooms and lure some more bees.
Some annuals have been bred to be sterile or not set seeds, but almost all annual flowers bloom more, better and longer if you remove the seed pods.
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 29, 2007 at 1:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

I am in the "not a deadheader" camp.

I'm a "plant 'em and leave 'em" person. I don't deadhead, and they still bloom beautifully. Towards the middle/end of July when they start getting leggy, I do cut them back, and they continue blooming. The one cut-back in July takes all of 5-10 minutes, if even that, that I can deal with, no way am I going to be bothered deading petunias every few days - life's too short for that nonsense IMO.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2007 at 6:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jenn729(5)

I know I am a newbie, but I thought I would share my experience this year with Petunias. I do deadhead them every other day or so, it only takes a minute because there is really only a few per plant. I can't believe the difference in one month.
Petunia May 28

Petunias July 1

    Bookmark   July 1, 2007 at 8:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
duluthinbloomz4

A picture is worth a thousand words! Nice color blue; think I'll change my color scheme next season.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2007 at 12:14PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
pineapple sage???
Just like the ornamental pepper, I bought this as pineapple...
terratoma
Sweet Peas: How to keep alive after 1 ft?
I've tried growing Sweet Peas. They get to about 1...
ladyrose65
Seed order
Finally got around to ordering my seeds. I usually...
mxk3
How much sun can New Guinea Impatiens tolerate?
I thought of all impatiens as shade plants, but my...
linnea56
Impatiens dropping buds and yellowing leaves
I posted this in the impatiens forum, but not much...
joannemb
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™