Deadheading & Pinching Annual Flowers
Deadheading and Pinching sounds painful, but it carries a lot of positive benefits for the plant and the user.
Deadheading: Bachelor Button
For the snapdragons, you will want to cut the flower way back past the last seed head.
If you look at the picture to the right, you can see all the closed seed heads.
Make sure to not get confused with the heads that are beginning to bloom with the ones that have
finished blooming. The bottom two pictures are examples of a snapdragon that has begun to bloom.
For the cosmo flowers, we are going to pinch the lateral bud.
For our final demonstration, we will use Zinnias. All you have to do is pinch the top two layers of leaves or lateral bud area.