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Should you deadhead Japanese Anemones? Does it encourage re-flowering

Hi all,

My anemones are dropping their flowers at the moment (late October) should I deadhead the anemones to encourage reflowering, or will it have no effect on reflowering?

Also, if I should deadhead them, how far down the stem should I cut them?

(I did try googling but found very little info on this topic, and what little I did find was conflicting)

Thanks!

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,762
    Hello there and welcome to the forum. I have a lot of Japanese anemones in my garden - most have finished flowering but there are still a few stragglers left. At this time of year I cut all my anemones with spent flowers and leaves back to the ground. As soon as the other flowers die I will do the same cutting back to ground level with them. It is a little late now to expect any more flowers.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,313
    My anemones are also coming to the end of flowering for this year too. Deadheading now wont produce more flowers.
    I often leave mine looking tatty until the spring and cut them back to the ground then.
    You could cut them all back now as Ladybird suggests or leave until spring. It doesn't make any difference to their performance next year.

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,872
    I'd agree - it doesn't make a lot of difference. I still have quite a bit of flowering going on, so I just leave them and let them die back.
    I quite like the little yellow 'buttons' after the flowers go over too.  :)
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  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364
    Japanese anenomes are  invasive in my garden and tend to take over. I have put mine in pots.  




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  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    If we gave a prize for the wittiest username, I'd choose this new member.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,872
    josusa47 said:
    If we gave a prize for the wittiest username, I'd choose this new member.
      Seconded! :D 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,923
    Thirded 👍 

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  • If you pick the last of your Japanese Anemones, after the petals have dropped, the seed heads will open out into to a lovely ball of fluff, just like cotton wool. Very attractive in a dried flower/ seedhead display indoors. I do it every year, they last for ages.
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  • Hi all, thanks for all the advice and tips, in that case I think I'll do the same as Fairygirl and leave them standing for now, for a bit of height variation in the bed, and because I also quite like the yellow buttons they leave behind!
  •  josusa47 said:
    If we gave a prize for the wittiest username, I'd choose this new member.

    Thanks! B)
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