Basic gardening terms and definitions: Deadheading or dead-heading
Deadheading or dead-heading is the process of clipping off blossoms after they have finished flowering and before they set seed. After flowering, the base of the flower will swell to form seeds, draining the plant of much of its energy. Removing faded blooms will encourage the plant to flower more in order to try to set seed again. Deadheading is particularly useful with short-lived annuals since it will encourage them to bloom as much as possible during their short lives.
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