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How to deadhead Astrantia?

CraighBCraighB Posts: 704

Hi guys,

Im struggling with how to deadhead Astrantia. Do you deadhead each individual flower when it has gone over or do you do the whole lot in one go?

Where do you deadhead looking at the photo...

At point 1, just underneath each individual flower?

At point 2, lower down the stem?

or at point 3, the whole stem right to the ground?

Thanks :)

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

    If you're going to do it, remove the whole stem. It looks much better but otherwise makes no difference.

    They make seeds and more plants if you leave them

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 704

    Thanks nutcutlet.

    So if I remove the whole stem another one will grow with more flowers?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,376

    possibly, not all plants do that. I don't cut mine back so can't say.

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,912

    I cut mine right down to the base, they will flower again right through the year, I leave the second flush on For self seeding next year.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • CraighBCraighB Posts: 704

    Do your chop back the leaves as well Lyn or just the flower spikes?

    And do you give a bit of high potash fertilizer to encourage the second lot Of flowering?

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