Do you deadhead?: Pinching off for personal taste or plant health?

Deadheading is a gardening chore that many people find pleasant. By pinching off fading flowers, you can beautify your landscape and keep some plants blooming longer. But is it necessary?

Deadheading makes sense for repeat bloomers such as roses and highly modified annuals, such as marigolds, to keep them blooming, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University's Extension Service.

For most other plants, she said, it is a matter of appearance and the personal taste of the gardener.

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