We all know that gardeners strive and work so hard to ensure the proper growth and blossoming of their flowers. But how much do they put into managing and caring for their flowers after blossoming?
Flowers, after completing their flowering cycle, tend to channel all energy towards the production of seed forgoing the process of blossoming again.
At that time, blossoms of the flowers start to fade and their beauty is lost, becoming very unattractive. The setting of seeds is not really of benefit to gardeners. This is because they are, most times, basically needed for sowing or replanting.
Flowers have a wide range of uses when they blossom.
They can be plucked and placed in vases or bouquets to be given out as gifts or placed in rooms and offices for beautification. They are also of use in the manufacture of perfumes because of their mesmerizing scents, in herbs making and some are even used in food making.
With all these uses, no gardener would want to lose their flowers or abandon them to die. The main problem is how gardeners will go about managing these beautiful creatures and make them bloom over and over again. The answer to this confusion is deadheading.
Deadheading is practiced to make flowers re-bloom and the processes differ for every flower. In this article, we will be talking about the deadheading of marigolds, when it should be done and how to go about it.
WHEN SHOULD MARIGOLDS BE DEADHEADED?
Deadheading is not just done at any time. It follows after certain signs are observed in plants. And if flowers are planted for seeds, gardeners should not practice deadheading as it hampers seed production. So, when should marigolds be deadheaded?
Marigolds are primarily grown by horticulturists as annual, although the perennials are becoming known too. They exist in different colors, some of which are white and yellow, to mention a few.
Gardeners grow marigolds because no annual flower grows easier than them, and their ability to blossom brightly over the summer makes them popular.
Marigolds also have a pleasant aromatic smell, but some species exhibit pungent smell while some are known to be scentless. Marigolds with a pungent smell are used in the form of security to protect other plants around them from pest attacks. This practice is generally referred to as companion planting.
They are also used in other ways, such as in the making of medicinal tea, the coloring of feed for poultry (when made into powder) and many more. Marigold can thrive in any soil, but they grow best in fertile soil, which is highly drained, and under completely sunny conditions.
Marigolds are often considered flowers that bloom from spring to summer, but the unpopular fact is that they perform greatly late in the summer to fall.
After blooming, marigolds become very rough, losing their beauty touches and tend to set seeds with re-blooming forgone. However, deadheading can help to put this action at bay and bring back the chance of re-bloom.
Deadheading highly aids the act of blossoming by flowers through the energy originally meant for seed set. To avoid mistakes or negative results, it is essential to be careful and know when the deadheading of marigolds should take place.
Below are times marigolds should be deadheaded.
1. When the blooms begin to fade
It’s not compulsory to deadhead a flower, but there is a whole lot of sense in doing so. Flowers are mainly meant to beautify, although they also serve different purposes. These purposes can be realized when these plants are well cared for and kept fresh.
Is it possible for a gardener that has witnessed blossoming to leave their flowers rough and unattractive? No. Even if your flower is just serving your compound, it’ll only be presentable and attractive with fresh and beautiful blooms.
Many gardeners want to engage in this even with the stress and extra work involved. They are convinced that keeping their flowers blossoming is greatly beneficial, especially for annuals like marigolds.
The problem that may pose concerns is, do they understand the process of deadheading apart from knowing the benefits? Do they know the right time to do it and conditions to be met? Probably, no.
Marigolds tend to become very bad in look, lose their colors and attractiveness, and become shit after flowering. And they are just annuals which means they are not characterized by constant re-blooming. Deadheading is needed to make the flowers keep coming and keep them afresh.
Deadheading of marigolds is to be commenced when the flowers begin to lose their strength, fade and wilt away. After complete blossoming, marigolds’ beautiful colors start to disperse, an early sign of seeds setting.
This must be stopped to favor reblooming. Therefore, gardeners should monitor marigolds following the completion of blooming and immediately kick-start deadheading when at the sight of the first faded bloom.
2. When fresh blooms are needed
Deadheading makes flowers look new and, in fact, more attractive than they were before. Flowers come back with voluminous and better flowers in different colors, making our garden beautiful and enticing.
No matter how stressful the process of deadheading may be, it is still worth it.
Marigolds become leggy after flowering and may start producing poor and unhealthy flowers, but we can bring back fresh blooms by deadheading in the late or middle of summer. Gardeners must make sure marigolds are planted on well-drained but fertile soil.
If otherwise, fertilizers can be added to enhance their growth after new growth has been noticed. Marigolds also perform well under full sun, and water should be supplied to keep the soil moist.
Therefore, when gardeners crave new blooms, deadheading should be properly done. We can make our flowers blossom again, but meeting conditions is necessary for a positive result.
3. When it’s midsummer, late summer, or fall
Deadheading hampers flowers’ energy directed at the setting of seeds and channels it towards re-blooming. Making flowers blossom after first bloom is very important to gardeners.
Flowers bloom at different times and it is advisable to know when and under what condition blossoming takes place for each of them. Through this, we can keep a tab on our flowers.
Marigolds’ deadheading is done during midsummer, late summer or fall. At this time, they tend to blossom profusely and make beautiful flowers. Keep soil moist by watering, remove faded flowers at sight and watch your flower bloom.
With the information provided above, gardeners can easily know when to practice deadheading for fresh blooms. Remember to deadhead if fresh blooms are needed, start immediately with the first faded bloom seen and make sure it is during midsummer, late or fall.
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HOW TO DEADHEAD MARIGOLDS?
Marigolds are usually planted as annuals, implying that they cannot blossom repeatedly. Deadheading prolongs their blooming season.
A garden looks attractive and organized when the plants bloom. However, gardeners will have to put in tremendous and relentless work to make plants blossom again.
Deadheading marigolds not only raise the volume of blooms but also add to the beauty. The process of deadheading is very significant and must not be neglected.
These flowers serve plenty of uses. They beautify surroundings, can be used to demarcate walkways in our homes, hotels or relaxation centers and even on roadsides.
It’s not just enough to plant and water. It makes a lot of sense when we manage and maintain the beauty of our flowers.
You don’t want to experience how irritating and annoying a garden looks when the flowers are fading and seeds are being produced. When flowers fade, the whole garden looks disorganized, faded flowers begin to wilt and litter the ground.
This is why deadheading is of paramount importance. It brings about more beautiful blooms over and over again.
It’s not an offense if you don’t know how to deadhead your marigold, don’t get tensed or confused. Everything concerning how to deadhead marigolds is provided below.
1. Eliminate spent flowers from the marigold plant
When the blooming cycle is completed, marigolds tend to grow seeds, but before this, their flowers start to fade and wilt away. Immediately these signs show, marigolds should be deadheaded to ensure re-blooming.
The first thing to do is the elimination of faded flowers. This will be a continuous process in order not to give the marigold any chance of producing seeds.
As we all know, plants can not survive without photosynthesis, a process by which they get their food from sunlight using up carbon dioxide and water. Plants must be in good condition for the process to take place.
Marigolds with faded flowers don’t get adequate food from photosynthesis and their nutrients don’t get well distributed. Hence, growth gets retarded, and blooming is hampered.
To avoid the earlier explained situation, faded flowers have to be eliminated. This can be done by the use of pruning shear and can also be done using hands to pinch off faded flowers.
2. Trimming to prevent seeds from setting
Gardeners trim flowers to get them back in shape and make them look organized in most cases, but this can also be done to prevent flowers from producing seeds and enhance re-blooming. Also, leaves affected with diseases can be trimmed off to avoid spreading all over the flower.
Marigolds are known for their bushy nature; they add beauty to the garden beds with their color splashes.
They exist in different forms, including single and double petals, and colors range from yellow to dark orange and red. Trimming keeps the foliage of marigolds to their enticing shape, i.e., molded.
Begin your trimming by cutting back seedlings after they are about 6-8 in height, and this should be done before the flowers form buds.
Then, following the first bloom, faded flowers should be cut to avoid forming seeds, the cut should be made after the topmost set of petals at the base. Mature and overgrown marigolds should also be cut to keep them in good shape.
Marigolds with poor production and leggy stems should be also be cut to promote good growth and blossoming. If a gardener can do all these, the marigolds will come back with more beautiful blooms.
3. Monitor and care for the marigolds
Monitoring and caring for flowers are generally important. When marigolds are fully established, they can be made to bloom more through pinching off of the top part. They can also be made to grow bushier by regular removal of dying and spent blossoms.
Watering should be done consistently, although the soil should dry in-between every watering.
Gardeners should note that marigolds need more water at times of high heat. Watering them over the top should be avoided. Over-watering is dangerous as it may lead to a fungal attack i.e., powdery mildew. However, if this happens, the affected marigold should be sprayed with fungicide.
Furthermore, adding fertilizers to marigolds during development and growth is not ideal. This is because diets that are too rich in nitrogen encourage lush foliage instead of blooming. Marigolds also encounter a few problems due to pests, mites, and aphids attacking and harming them, but they can be controlled by spraying with insecticides.
In conclusion, it’s not just enough to own a garden. Maintaining and caring for our flowers matter a lot. Flowers should not be left for dead after blossoming; we should make them more beautiful. Since we’ve got an option, why not gather our strength, deadhead our flowers and make them bloom again and again? Trust me, the result is worth it.