Will deadheading Desert Bird of Paradise = quick reflowering

Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

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!

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

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



Menifee, CA(Zone 9a)

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? (;

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

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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