What is Deadheading?
To deadhead is to remove the spent flowers from plants—removing the “dead heads”.
This accomplishes several things.
- First, it creates a tidier, cleaner plant appearance.
- Second, deadheading stops seeds from forming, redirecting the plant’s energy into producing more flowers or more plant growth.
- This also eliminates unwanted seedlings from sprouting in the garden.
There is a current style trend in gardening called “New Wave” or “Prairie Style” where flowering plants are grown specifically for their architectural and colorful seed heads. (Typically a combination of perennials and ornamental grasses.) This creates a natural, rustic, and subtle effect. If this is the desired look, deadheading, of course, should not be done.