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How to Deadhead Pansies

By Jenny Harrington ; Updated September 21, 2017
Encourage lush flowers by deadheading pansies regularly.

Plant pansies in pots and containers or in your garden beds for a profusion of spring colors. Gardeners, both experienced and novice, appreciate pansies for their easy care and many varieties. Removing the spent blooms keeps the pansies from producing seeds and allows the plants to continue to produce plentiful flowers, sometimes all the way into fall. This process is known as deadheading. Don't think of it as a chore, but as a way to spend quality time in your flower beds.

Study the pansy plant for spent blooms that are beginning to wilt or already have wilted. Separate the stem with the spent bloom gently from the neighboring stems.

Snip off the bloom right above the set of leaves directly below it. A new flower node will form at the leaf juncture.

Look for areas where the petals have already dropped and the seeds are beginning to form. Snip off above the leaves directly below it.

Deadhead any damaged or sickly looking flowers to prevent any possible disease from spreading to the rest of the plant by snipping in the same way.

Check pansies every one to three days while flowering for blooms that need to be deadheaded.


Things You Will Need

  • Scissors


  • Instead of cutting, grasp the area right above the leaves in your index finger and thumb and pinch off the flower.


  • Do not yank or try to pull the spent bloom off, as this may uproot the entire plant.

About the Author


Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.