How do you deadhead a daisy?


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According to Martha Stewart, regular deadheading, or removing the spent daisy when it has died, initiates re-blooming and keeps the plant from seeding. A regularly pruned daisy plant will produce blooms until the end of the season. You need garden shears and a few minutes each day to deadhead your daisies and encourage repeated blooming.

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  1. Disinfect your shears

    Wash your garden shears with an antibacterial cleaner to prevent the spread of bacteria and disease. Avoid damage to your shears; never disinfect them using use bleach or rubbing alcohol, as this corrodes your tool over time.

  2. Cut the daisies

    Deadhead daisies as soon as they start to wither. Make a horizontal cut at the closest lateral joint, the stem that protrudes from the main stalk and a leaf, just below the flower. If there is no lateral stem, cut at the next leaf grouping where there is no bud.

  3. Maintain your flower bed

    Take a few minutes each day to deadhead your daisies for consistent, regular blooms. Encourage re-growth when most of the buds are spent by cutting all stems evenly, 3 to 4 inches above the thick foliage at the base of each plant. If the plant doesn't bloom after this, it will foliate and set bud for the next season.

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