How to Dead Head Pansies

Overview

Prized for their upward facing flowers that resemble the human face, pansies add cheer and color to flowerbeds and gardens. These profuse bloomers bloom from early spring to midsummer and may continue up until frost with proper care and shelter from the direct rays of midsummer sun. Once the bloom fades, tiny pods form that hold hundreds of miniature dark seeds. If allowed to dry on the plant, these pods soon burst, scattering seeds throughout the garden. Although this assures you of many new pansy plants, failing to deadhead the flowers and allowing seeds to form does reduce blooms.

Step 1

Remove blooms as soon as they begin whither or fade. Snap them free of the stem with your thumb and finger, or clip with a small pair of clippers.

Step 2

Examine plants closely on a daily basis to remove faded blooms. Seed pods form quickly and send the message to the plant that it has produced enough seed to reproduce. Deadheading the plant regularly prevents seed pods from forming and tricks the plant into thinking it must produce new blooms.

Step 3

Remove any seed pods that form as soon as you notice them.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden clippers (optional)

References

  • North Carolina State Univeristy Extension: Deadheading
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension: Keep Annual Flowers Blooming Longer

Who Can Help

  • Texas AgriLife Extension Service: Pansy
Keywords: deadhead pansies, remove pansy seeds, deflower pansies

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.