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The Best Method For Deadheading Carnations
To deadhead carnations and encourage reblooms, snip off the dying blooms at the first sign of wilting, rather than waiting until they're fully shriveled.
Ensure your cutting shears are sterilized with rubbing alcohol — so that diseases or fungus from a previous plant can't spread — and are sharp, as blunt blades can harm the plant.
As new buds will likely be growing a few inches below the bloom, cut the spent bloom so that there are a few inches of stem above the new buds, which will encourage regrowth.
You'll have to deadhead carnations twice a year. In the summer, when you first notice flowers wilting, and then in the fall, when it's time to make them dormant for winter.