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2QandLearn
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 3, 2013
4:06 PM

Post #9545058

My bushes are setting a lot of seed pods, which I enjoy because they remind me of hummingbirds with active/invisible wings! However, I would rather there be more flowers for the birds & bees to feed from. So, I am hoping to find out whether the effort of cutting off all the flowers as soon as they are spent will cause the bushes to send out more flowers more quickly . . . or, would it just be a waste of time & interesting pods?

Thank You!

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 3, 2013
5:18 PM

Post #9545132

It is my understanding that deadheading is pretty much for esthetics rather than as an impetus to rebloom.


http://en.allexperts.com/q/Tropical-Plants-1619/2008/1/Bird-Paradise-deadheading.htm

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/mg106
2QandLearn
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 3, 2013
11:21 PM

Post #9545510

Caesalpinia gilliesii is the *Desert* Bird of Paradise:
http://www.plantoftheweek.org/week473.shtml , not Strelitzia. (;

Honest mistake! Thanks for trying! Care to try again? (;

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

June 4, 2013
5:07 AM

Post #9545676

As with so many plants C gilliesii does a major flush of blooms and then takes a rest, forms seeds and then puts out sporadic blooms until Fall. The greatest benefit from deadheading is keeping the number of seed pods from forming and over-running your garden. Given that it is the natural order for plants to bloom and form seed, I would say yes, deadheading may help to promote a few extra blooms...

Sorry, I missed the" Desert" in your original post.

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