How to Deadhead Petunia Flowers

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Deadheading patunia flowers is something you'll have to do before you run out of summer. Learn how to deadhead petunia flowers with help from a certified horticulturist in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery in west Jordan, Utah. Today, we're going to learn how to dead head petunias. Petunias are a great container flower or for your garden beds. But sometimes they seem to run out of steam before we've run out of summer. So, if yours look a little bit tired, by mid summer, you can dead head them or prune them back severely. What I like to do is go down to a side branch, I see where all the spent flowers are, and yes i am sacrificing a flower. But it will be worth it. Going to take these back to a side branch that has not flowered yet. Here's another flower to get rid of. Now, I don't want o be too drastic. If this was in my garden, I would still want it to look good. So, I think I would stop there, give it a shot of fertilizer and water and it will produce new stems and new flowers for the rest of the summer. Sometimes, they look really bad by mid summer. Instead of just giving this a little bit of a hair cut, I'm going to be pretty dramatic. And I would choose to do this around mid July, where I'm cutting it almost back to the pot, or in your garden, to the crown. Sometimes around the first to mid July, I will cut half of my petunias back this hard and fertilize them. And then about two weeks later, I cut the other half back this hard. So, my garden is never without the flowers, but by August, they're all in bloom again and look beautiful. I'm Donna Emery from Glover Nursery and we've been dead heading petunias.

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