On 12 Jul 2004 11:27:52 GMT, email@example.com (Laura in Virginia) opined:
After a full flush of bloom, I cut mine back by half and give it a
fertilization. I remove the flowers, sepals, stems and all. Really cut it back
hard by half. If you only pull the flowers, the ovaries will still continue to
produce seeds and the point of deadheading is to stop that process and encourage
more blooms. Fertilizing is a very important part of cutting back any annuals.
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I deadhead every few days.... I spend a little time in a different part of my
garden dead heading. It happens to be one of my least favorite jobs so I only
do a little at a time. As far as the petunias I usually just pluck the spent
flowers but if it's getting leggy I pinch back about half.
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