He loves me, he loves me not – forget splitting petals! Just snip off those spent blooms, because learning how to deadhead daisies will truly multiply your blooming season and volume!
And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love more flowers?!
The process of deadheading merely involves removing spent or fading blooms from the plant. Keeping your daisies fresh and removing spent blooms encourages new flowers to grow and keep growing.
Deadheading daisies is one of those tasks that even the kids can do. It’s rather quick and easy, but sometimes our busy lives don’t leave time for everything.
Whatever the case – be sure to deadhead daisies when you DO think of it and you’ll be rewarded with more flowers for a longer blooming season.
To deadhead or not to deadhead – Let’s get into the long and short of it!
Should You Deadhead Daisies?
Yes, you should learn how to deadhead daisies if you would enjoy a longer blooming season with more daisy flowers. Deadheading daisies signals the plant to increase production of flowers. This is what you want!
If you wish to save seeds from your daisy plants, you may wish to deadhead in the beginning of the growing season and then lay off until it gets later and closer to fall. This way, you leave some room for the next season of daisy seeds to mature.
When to Remove Spent Blooms
As soon as you notice faded blooms, you can safely snip them from your daisy plant. The only reason to leave on the spent daisy flowers is if you wish to save seeds for the future. Remove spent blooms from your daisies as often as you notice them for optimal results.
How to Deadhead Daisies
How do you deadhead daisies? It’s probably much easier than you think!
Just follow these steps to encourage even more blooms for your Shasta daisies, Livingstone daisies, Cape Daisies and other favorites in the Asteraceae family.
Cut spent blooms from the plant when they fade.
When deadheading daisies, you give the plant a special signal to keep blooming and produce even more flowers!
- Identify daisy blooms that are past their prime. Remove faded blooms to improve the appearance of the plant and encourage continuous blooming.
- Use scissors or handheld pruning shears to snip off deadheads. The daisies will be so much happier without the dead weight! (You can also pinch if you’ve got a strong thumbnail!)
- Discard the dead daisy blooms and look forward to new ones! Deadheading daisies extends the blooming season and keeps your garden looking lovely even longer.
Cut fresh daisies for indoor arrangements.
It would be a shame to grow all the beautiful flowers but not show off any in a bouquet or arrangement. Cutting fresh cut daisies for yourself or a special someone will also send the signal to produce more daisy blooms.
- Cut the flowers you want for the arrangement. Select fresh blooms – those that are just starting to open, or buds you can tell will open very soon. Clip the ends on a 45-degree angle.
- Remove the leaves up to the waterline. Leaves submerged in the vase will likely rot, so be sure to remove them gently.
- Fill a vase and add the flowers. Arrange the flowers as you wish in a vase. Be sure to fill it sufficiently with water.
- Watch the plant so you can deadhead daisies as needed. You’ll likely only harvest some of the blooms at a time. For the others, continue deadheading daisies when you notice spent blooms on the plant.
Benefits of Deadheading Daisies
Deadheading daisies offers numerous benefits. First, you get to enjoy a tidier garden with neater plants. No longer will you deal with raggedy, scraggy dead blossoms. Next, you actually encourage more flowers on the plants you deadhead. While not all plants require or benefit from deadheading, daisies do.
Final Thoughts: Deadheading Daisies
Deadheading daisies offers wonderful benefits in the garden. More prolific blooms are always a joy! Better looking plants are, too.
Still, there’s one more thing to consider as far as deadheading daisies. Why not to deadhead daisy plants!
Why Not to Deadhead Daisies
Something else to keep in mind – if you wish to gather seeds from your plants, you will need to leave some of the blooms intact on the plant. Do this well before the last frost so the seeds have time to mature and become viable.
A mature daisy seed head turns brown. You may notice a crack in it as well. Leave the spent blooms on the plant until they meet this description if you wish to save seeds from your daisies.
Of course, you can always buy daisy seeds or daisy plants from the nursery or garden center – problem solved!
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07.02.22 – Updated to increase photos to full size and add new photos. Added captions, link to another deadheading post, and selections of daisy seeds.