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How to deadhead a gem?

CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 519
Hello How doppelgänger's I deadhead this plant please?  Do I just snip each faded flower off the top - usually three little flower heads so I leave the others in place...or do I wait until all three have faded and then just cut the stem to the base?  Many thanks


  • Jess is in the GardenJess is in the Garden Posts: 1,022
    edited June 2019
    I can't see any photo - did you mean a geum? Is so, I just pick off the spent flowers one by one, as I go along.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,169
    Then once they've all gone over, cut the stem right down. They should flower again, if not quite so much. I think you can give them a feed with something like tomato feed if you like.
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,371
    Just pick each individual dead flower off, at the end of its flowering season you can let one or two go to seed then sow those next Spring. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 519
    Many thanks @Lyn, @AnniD and @Jess is in the Garden Really appreciate the advice.  Not sure where or how the doppelgängers word came from!  I knew I should have read it before posting! 🤪
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,371
    Dont worry about that, we’ve all been caught with the predictive text. 😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • B3B3 Posts: 24,458
    I deadhead the dead one so that i can see the new flowers. When all of the cluster is dead, i prune back to a bud facing where i want the new branch to grow.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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