Deadheading Geraniums

Lima, OH

Hi, everyone!

I know this sounds a bit simple, but I am in charge of our plants at a retail store. I have a question about when to deadhead geraniums to maximize their looks. I'm an avid gardener, but what I'd deadhead might be different from what someone in a retail setting might.

When do y'all consider a bloom head a deadhead candidate? When a stem's flowers are 50% spent, 70%, or whatever?

I'd love to hear how y'all decide when they bloom head stays and when it goes.

Thanks!

Sharon

Central, VA(Zone 7b)

You've had a number of viewers but no responses. Maybe they think you're wanting to hear from another retailer. I'm a customer who would rather see a plant, whether large or small, with beautiful healthy foliage and one or more flowers in bloom with the promise of more to come in stems that are yet to mature. Personally I'd pick a tidy plant with fewer blooms over one with alot of bloomed out stems. So I guess I'm a candidate for the 50% mark. However, once I got it home, I'd be hand picking the spent individual flowers from each head until I deemed it past looking good, which might be 60-70%. I don't imagine you have time to do that though. I hope this is helpful to you.

Northeast, FL(Zone 9a)

Sharon,
I pick off some of the withering little buds at about 30% wilt and then the next time I snap them off at the base. The sooner the old blooms are gone the sooner the new blooms will open.
Best of luck.
CC

Springville, IA

Good question Terv. I work in a garden center and we agree with Pam. Healthy foliage and few, but nice, blooms is much better than half dead flowers!

Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK(Zone 7a)

If I see flowers in a garden shop that are half spent, it's all I can do to keep from deadheading them myself! :-)

Oviedo, FL(Zone 9b)

LOL! I have to restrain myself also. I do pull out the first fried blossoms in a flower head, but once they get to about 50% gone, they're history.
Martha

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