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Garden Maintenance: Deadheading - Flowering Stem
Garden Maintenance - Pinching, Deadheading and Cutting Back

Sometimes it is best to just remove the spent flower bud when deadheading, as in the previous page with Centurea montana. However, when each flower is on its own stem, it is better to deadhead the entire flowering stem, rather than leaving a gangly, headless stem attached to the plant. Here a Scabiosa stem is being cut down to the base of the plant.

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