What happens to Limelight flowers that are not deadheaded?
What happens to Limelight if it's not deadheaded at all? What happens to the dried flower from last year? Do the florets drop off by themselves? Does the wind get them?
I deadheaded this spring, right before bud break, all the dried flower heads that I had left on over winter for interest. In doing so, I naturally shortened some tall center stems, and pruned for a round sideways egg shape.
This summer, it occurred to me as I was being miserly in cutting the shortest stem possible to bring into the house that if I hadn't deadheaded at all in the spring, maybe I could have much longer stems to cut now. Is that logical?
Most of my giant flowers are on tall shoots that grow straight up from the plant. Those are precisely the shoots that I shortened the most in my spring deadheading/shaping. So if instead of shortening the stems once in the spring while deadheading last year's flowers and once again now while taking flower cuttings, should I have just not deadheaded at all and waited till now to take extra-long stemmed flowers?