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How Often Do You Deadhead Violas?
Deadheading is the process of removing or pinching off spent blooms from a plant.
Additionally, you can deadhead Violas in different seasons all year round.
- Early Spring: Deadhead Violas as soon as they bloom in Early Spring.
- Mid-Spring to Early Summer: Deadhead your plants 2-3 times to encourage healthy blooms.
- Late Summer to Fall: Deadhead them every 4-6 weeks.
Why Should You Deadhead Violas? (Benefits)
There are many benefits to deadheading Violas. Some of them are mentioned below:
- Deadheading promotes the frequency of blooms as the plant shifts more energy for flowering.
- Also, deadheading avoids the formation of seedpods, as the plant cannot cross the flowering phase.
- Removing the spent blooms prevents the infestation of pests, diseases, and mold growth.
- Deadheading also improves the overall appearance of the plant and keeps it well-maintained.
Violas can continuously bloom with proper care and deadheading.
Pruning and Deadheading are 2 ways to tend your plants!
You can prune flowers and foliage in early spring or summer while deadheading the spent flowers right after blooming.
How To Deadhead Violas?
Deadhead the Violas properly to enhance the formation of new, astonishing blooms.
Here are some additional tips for deadheading Violas.
- Choose the right time: Deadhead your Violas throughout the blooming season. i.e. Spring-Fall, to prevent the formation of seedpods and promote the formation of new healthy blooms.
- Assemble the tools: You can use sharp, sterilized pruners to snip off the spent bloom all the way to the first leaf below the flower.
- Pick out the spent flowers: Identify the Violas with discolored, wilted, or those browning.
- Cut the spent flowers: Ensure the spent blooms are cut from the base without damaging the leaves or stems. Or you can also use your fingers to pinch the blooms off the plant directly. Try to cut them at an angle of 45 degrees.
- Dispose of the cut flowers properly: Throw away the cut flowers carefully to prevent the spread of pests and pathogens to other plants.
- Water & Fertilization: Water your Violas once or twice a week regularly to encourage the growth of plants. Similarly, fertilize them during their growth seasons, an interval of 4-6 weeks.
Then, repeat the process for all the spent blooms.
Deadhead the plants in the morning or evening when the weather is cool and dry to prevent the spread of diseases.
From Editorial Team
You can deadhead the spent blooms by pinching them off at the base using your fingers.
But, use sterilized sharp pruners to prevent the spread of diseases.
Similarly, spray biological fungicides, such as Neem oil and Cinnamon oil, on the cut part.