How to Stop Plants From Going to Seed Too Quickly


Flower gardens alive with buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies create a dazzling display of color and movement, but when flowers fade and begin to set seed the life of your flower garden slowly fades away. Although some seedpods, like the seedpods from poppies or lupines, create an eye-catching display and provide supplies for nature crafts, allowing them to set seed too early in the season shortens the life of your flower garden. Fortunately, you can delay the setting of seeds and prolong the beauty of your garden.

Step 1

Deadhead flower heads as soon as blooms begin to fade. Clip or cut the flower from the stem to prevent it from going to seed and to encourage the plant to produce new blooms.

Step 2

Harvest fruits from fruiting plants when they are young and tender. Beans or peas go to seed quickly if not harvested early.

Step 3

Provide adequate water to prevent the soil from drying. Many plants cease blooming in dry soil. Blooms whither and go to seed quickly. Water plants grown in the garden deeply once a week to saturate the soil to the root level. Container-grown plants may require daily watering as soil in containers dries quickly in the summer heat.

Step 4

Prune back plants that cease blooming to encourage a flush of new growth. Many produce new blooms with increased vigor.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden clippers/knife


  • Extension InfoNET: Removing Spent Flowers/Deadheading

Who Can Help

  • University of Illinois Extension: Saving Seed From the Garden
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About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.