Terms of the Trade: What Is Deadheading? Terms of the Trade: What Is Deadheading?

In terms of gardening, deadheading is the process of removing dead or faded flowers to both improve the appearance of the plant and encourage overall growth. With the dead flowers removed, the plant is better able to divert its strength and energy toward growing the healthy portion and producing new blooms. To deadhead a plant, simply pinch or cut the bloom off the branch above the healthy leaves.

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