Please help with deadheading geraniums?

gardenbug(8b)July 30, 2013

I believe I have zonal geraniums. They have a darker red ring around the leaf and the leaf edges are ruffled. Anyway, about the deadheading...

My geranium flower is spent. However, there are nice red buds just below the top spent flower. I was reading that to deadhead you should remove the entire stem. If I do that, I'll be removing the new flowers just below the old ones. Please help me? Thank you.

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Zonal geraniums bloom in a cluster of individual flowers held at the top of a bloom stem. Sometimes the flowers in a single open a bit sporadically so it is very possible to have some spent flowers in amongst others that still look good or are even not yet fully open (buds).

It is your choice as to whether you leave that flowerhead in place so that ALL flowers open or deadhead it after some/most of the flowers have gone over but some buds may still remain. Since zonals are so prolific in their flowering in summer, I remove any flowerheads that are even starting to look ratty. And yes, you remove the complete flower stem from where it emerges.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2013 at 3:02PM
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The flower stem will snap off crisply if you hold it near the base and bend it back. Don't cut it off because that will leave a stub.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2013 at 1:04PM
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