It may seem counter-intuitive, but to keep many annuals and perennials blooming all summer long, you have to cut off the blooms as they are waning or spent. It’s called dead-heading but it doesn’t require tie-dye T-shirts, illicit drugs or trippy music. Many summer bloomers flourish with this technique so it’s something you should practice regularly.
Dead-heading is the act of removing spent blooms (and a portion of the supporting stem) periodically during the summer season. We do it to trick the plant into producing more blooms.
WHY IT WORKS: Like all life forms, a plant’s main objective in life is to procreate – to perpetuate the species. Flower blooms precede seed maturation and dissemination. If a bloom is removed before the seed is ready to be released from the plant, the flower will believe it has not achieved its main objective and it will produce another bloom.
HOW IT WORKS: Dead-heading is best done while weeding, this way you can be more time efficient in the garden. As