Removing old blooms will help annuals bloom continuously. Dead blooms steal nutrients from the plant, so pruning or deadheading, will keep the plant healthy and productive. Use a gardening tool, such as pruning shears (Fiskars Traditional Bypass Pruning Shears (9109)), to remove the old blooms. Be sure to clean the pruning shears before starting, and whenever you move to the next plant. This prevents spreading disease from one plant to another. Cut the stem just below the dead bloom. Cut on the angle, or at a slant, so that the rainwater will not settle in the open stem. The rainwater should run off of the plant. Otherwise, it’s an entry point for insects and bacteria. For beginner gardeners, the most important aspect of pruning is using clean pruning tools!
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