Smiles to you friends,
We are in one of the worst droughts here in Illinois.
Our winter was abnormally warm, and very little snow.
Temps have been high in the 90’s and into the 100°
At this point I am watering my garden JUST to keep everything alive.
What are some things we can do during drought?
Read Lawn/Garden: Heat and Drought Care for some basics.
There’s something else we can do to help our plants during drought – Deadheading!
What is deadheading?
Deadheading is very simple – it is the process of removing dead (spent) flowers from your plants.
See the flower on the left, it is dying (going to seed) this is the one to remove. The rest of the blooms are fresh and living.
As plants fade out of bloom, pinch with your fingers…
Or use a bloomer to cut off the flower stem below the spent flower and just above the first set of full, healthy leaves. Remove all the dead flowers on the plant.
Gardeners know that removing dead (spent) blooms (deadheading) promotes healthier plants, encourages new growth (branching) , and more and bigger blooms on the plant and prevents the flower from going to seed!
Note: Not all flowers require deadheading – Inpatients, Begonia and Cleome are examples of plants that are self-cleaning plants.
But in drought, we deadhead to extend the energy and nutrients back to the plant, helping the plant survive, INSTEAD of sending the nutrients to the dead blooms and forming seeds!
So deadhead in drought to help keep you plant alive!
What tips do you have to keep you plants alive during drought?