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Should I Dead-Head Seed Pods

Posted by KathyInKY z6KY (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 23, 05 at 12:35

Is it better to dead-head my peonies to prohibit seed growth? Would doing so provide more "energy" to the plant?

Unfortunately I haven't been able to visit my garden in a while :( and I went out there this morning to find huge swollen seed pods already in place. If I should dead-head the pods, is it too late for me to do so now?

OR, should I just let the suckers mature and then plant the seeds? (I know it will take years to get blooms, but, hey, I'm a patient person....)

Thanks for any input.


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RE: Should I Dead-Head Seed Pods

I don't do much deadheading on mine...too many of them, and too many weeds to pull :) However, if some of the blooms get particularly nasty looking, I cut them off, just for the sake of appearance. I've not noticed that leaving the seed pods in place has had any ill effect on next year's bloom, or the growth of the plant.

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