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Definition of self-cleaning

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Definition as written by Zanymuse:

Many flowering plants require deadheading - the act of removing spent flowers - in order to prolong their bloom time but there are some that will drop their blooms and continue to flower with no deadheading. These are refered to as self-cleaning.

Few things in life are self-cleaning: cats, very expensive ovens - and some flowering plants.

Definition as written by palmbob:

Self cleaning, in the palm world, is the habit of the palm to drop its leaves once the leaf has died. All palms with a crownshaft are self cleaning. Many without are also self cleaning. Those that do NOT self clean will form a skirt of dead leaves, sometimes called a petticoat, that covers the trunk. Though some think this looks good, many do not, and will pay to have the palms trimmed regularly. Some make a living in southern California just trimming palms that are not self cleaning. King palms and Queen palms are self cleaning palms. Washingtonias and Phoenix are \'semi-self cleaning\' (they form a skirt, but eventually the skirt falls off as wind and rain ravage the dead leaves in the skirt).

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