Here’s an easy way to deadhead annuals in hanging baskets

May 24, 2016
how to deadhead hanging basket by shaking

Kristin Pochopin, interim director of horticulture at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, demonstrates an easy way to deadhead petunias in a hanging basket. Grab the basket by the hook and shake. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

Here’s an easy way to deadhead some annuals in hanging baskets. I got this great tip from Kristin Pochopin, interim director of horticulture at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens during the recent Great Plant Sale.

Instead of picking off the dead flowers one by one, hold the basket by the hook, as she is doing in the photo. Hold it close to the ground and shake the basket. The dead flowers will fall off and your plant won’t be damaged.

This works for annuals such as petunias and calibrachoas, and works very well for New Guinea impatiens, Pochopin said.

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5 Responses to Here’s an easy way to deadhead annuals in hanging baskets

  1. Linda Blyth on May 24, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Kristin’s method will only make the hanging basket LOOK better for a while, BUT not remove the part that makes seeds. Remember that an annual’s job is to reproduce itself by making seeds and most annuals will either stop making flowers or decline significantly.

  2. Connie on May 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Linda, thanks for that note. So you suggest that people go in and remove the part that makes the seeds in order to keep the plant flowering.

  3. Linda Blyth on May 26, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Yes, pinch off the dead and dying petunia blooms unless you have wave type petunias which don’t need “deadheading” only an occasional grooming for appearance. Million bells (AKA calibrochoa or mini bells)don’t need any grooming or deadheading either and always look nice so don’t need this treatment.

  4. Luisa Smith on June 13, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    I have to agree with Linda. That is only a temporary fix. I have also found that even million bells thrive when given a trim with sissors now then because eventually as the flowers die of the remaining green part will try and seed out.

  5. Marie DeSalvo on June 28, 2016 at 7:33 am

    That’s what I have Learned. The only way is to cut off the part that will seed. Thanks Linda

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