Help with deadheading Dianthus please?

gardenbug(8b)July 17, 2012

I'm wondering if someone could please tell me how to deadhead Dianthus? I have 3 of them. Do you simply cut off the faded flower from the top or should I be cutting someplace along the stem? Thanks for your help.

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

If they have finished flowering just go over them with the shears cutting off the flower stems but trying to avoid going too deep into the foliage. If there are still buds trim just above the buds - but this is fiddly so you could just wait until they are all finished. It really isn't such a precision art. They'll be fine.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 4:57AM
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Oh, I'm a fiddly Dianthus deadheader. :) I pick off the individual spent blooms and have continuous blooms right up until Fall. They really are a nice plant.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2012 at 12:08PM
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