I get a fair number of people searching for "how to deadhead petunias" or calla lilies. If I remember way back, I didn't know where to cut the petunia bloom either. So I thought I would do a quick post today about just that.
Many newbies just pull it off like this:
That is not enough. It will soon set seed if you leave the little tube portion that holds the flower.
You need to cut it off behind the green tube portion. I like to use scissors because petunias are sticky.
There. That one looks so much better once all those hanging deadies are gone.
Calla lilies are much easier and quicker. When the flower starts to turn green and fall over like this.........
Just cut it off. I like to go way down the stem into the leaves so none of the stalk is left sticking up.
There you have it. I hope someone who wanders in looking for this finds it useful.