Tips and Tricks to Keep Plants Blooming

Deadheading is a popular practice – but do you know all the ways to keep flowers on your plants longer? Follow these easy tips for keeping your favorite shrubs and flowers blooming longer.

Here are six quick and easy ways to keep your plants blooming. Ever heard the expression, a pinch to grow on? Many plants, including goldenrod, Joe Pye weed. Aster and chrysanthiumum benefit from pinching back to promote compact well branched growth and uniform blooms. Annuals that commonly get leggy including petunia and colloius also benefit from pinching back. Remove the top third of stems. [MUSIC] Deadhead flowers as soon as they fade before they set seed and shut down flower production. Many perennials including flocks, purple cone flower, black eyed Susan, Veronica and Jarl respond to deadheading by producing more buds. Make sure to make cuts low enough to avoid leaving unsightly stems. [MUSIC] Bushy perennials that set flowers at the tops of tall stems. Such as perennial Salvia. Can be sheared back with grass or hedge clippers to promote a second flush of blooms. Other perennials that respond to shearing include Coreopsis and hardy geranium. To avoid sacrificing blooms wait until all flowers have faded before you shear plants. Plants have varying moisture requirements. So be sure to plant tags and follow their watering recommendations. In general, containers dry out faster than in-ground gardens and small containers dry out faster than large ones. Soil that contains moisture retaining amendments such as peat can go longer between watering. Plants need a regular source of nutrients for optimal blooming. You can feed plants in one of three ways. Sprinkle slow-release fertilizer granules on the soil surrounding plants. Add diluted liquid fertilizer to your watering can. Or spread an inch or so of well-rotted compost around plants. Keep in mind that not all plants are meant to bloom all season. But no matter what. Your garden's overall beauty and health will be enhanced if it's kept well-groomed. [MUSIC]

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