After the initial bloom has faded how far do you cut back to get another cycle going? Or is one big round of blooms it for the season. I see tiny little buds about halfway up the stalk on some of them and cut them to that point.But I didn't see any buds on others. Should I cut the flower stalks all the way to the ground? thanks
how to get the best return of flowers
I have seen some reblooming slowly. I do deadhead mine, but only the rattiest looking flowers. I'm not sure how far to really cut them back - I go back 2 or 3 sets of leaves.
I was wanting to know the answer to that also.
I do the same as Al. Cut back the crummiest blooms to just above a leaf. Sometime one set or more, just so you don't have a beheaded stem sticking out. Most of the new ones branch quite a bit more on their own I have noticed and I'm not sure deadheading will increase this or not. I do it more for cosmetic reasons.
Hmmmm. I want to rush out and see if any of mine are "ratty".
I have the same question every year! I too see the buds lower down and will cut them back to just above that but then others are just a tall spindly stalk with no other leaves or blooms. ?
I deadhead until I'm ready to collect seeds but it's really hard for me to cut them down to nothing. I'd rather look at a brown coneflower than none!
Last year was my first year growing coneflowers. I let them stay all winter. I figured that there was probably some seeds there for the birds, so I didn't cut them down. Now, I'm thinking that this year, I will probably put some addtitional compost or alfalfa down on the garden to put it to sleep for the year. At that time, I may just cut them down all the way.
Until then, I am just cutting a couple of inches below the coneflower that I need to discard. Eventually, I will get some kind of system down.
How do you collect seeds? I've never done that. I would love to get some of my kim's mophead.