becky patton
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petunias

What does deadheading really mean? Just plucking off the wilted bloom or snipping the stem? or what?

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Kisal
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Just removing the wilted bloom is usually sufficient for petunias. I just pull them off and don't bother breaking the stem. The purpose of removing the spent flowers is to prevent the plant from going to seed, which is sometimes referred to as "setting seed."

The goal of a plant is to create seed, and once it achieves that, it usually stops producing flowers. Removing the old flowers keeps the plant in bloom longer. :)
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