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Beginner Flowers: Deadheading Lewisia cotyledon

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bethanski
Rochester, NY

June 1, 2008
10:06 PM

Post #5037387

I am curious as to whether or not I should deadhead my Lewisia cotyledon plants to encourage rebloom. I've read online in a couple of places that I should, but not with enough frequency to completely convince me. If I should deadhead them, should I cut the stalks close to the fleshy leaves or further up close to where the flowers used to be?
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 1, 2008
10:13 PM

Post #5037422

Unless you're hoping to get seeds from them, it never hurts to deadhead them. I don't have enough experience with these to know whether they'll rebloom or not but it won't hurt the plant to cut off spent blooms. And on these I don't think it matters where you cut the stalk, for aesthetic reasons I'd probably cut it closer to the base but from a reblooming standpoint it shouldn't matter.
DallasDad
Murphy, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 2, 2008
12:43 PM

Post #5040010

Let us know what you decide and how it turns out. I'm still waiting for the first blooms from my Lewisia. I have four healthy plants sharing a pot. They are growing, but very very slowly. It's rather difficult to keep them happy down in Texas, but I'm hoping they'll mature enough to bloom someday.

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