How to Deadhead Daisies (3 Easy Steps)

Anyone can deadhead a daisy plant.

It’s one of the easiest tasks for a gardener, but a bit tasking than watering the plantHahahaha!

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Deadheading is a crucial part of basic yearly maintenance for daisies and other plants.

This simple procedure will keep your flowers looking beautiful longer. 

What You’ll Need to Deadhead Daisies

  • Handheld FELCO Pruners: This is essential for cutting your daisy flower heads.
  • Purlif Household disinfectant: For sanitizing your pruners
  • Straw mulch: To help insulate the pruned daisy root in winter months.
  • Lubricating spray: To maintain your pruning shears and ensure they’re sharp.
  • Paper towel: Wrap around the cut section of daisies to aid regrowth.
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How to Deadhead Daisies: Step by Step

It’s important to cut spent blooms from your daisy plant when they show signs of fading or dormancy. This will send a strong signal to the plant to keep blooming and produce more healthy flowers.

The 3 steps to deadhead Daisies include:

Step 1: Identify and mark daisy blooms that have exceeded their prime: 

You can remove faded blooms to enhance the look and display of the plant. Thus, encouraging a continuous yield for the plant.

Step 2: Snip off deadheads with scissors: 

Handheld pruning shears are ideal, but scissors can do just as much job. Get rid of the dead weight from your daisies, they will appreciate it.

Step 3: Discard the dead blooms: 

Once cut off, it’s time to look forward to new blooms. Make sure to throw away the dead blooms or add them to your compost.

How to Deadhead Daisies (watch video)

What is the Difference Between Deadheading and Pruning?

The table explains it better:

To cut off the “Spent blossoms” from plantsTo cut off any part of the plant (e.g., to keep the plant small, or from spreading)
To cut off unproductive plant partsTo trim a plant in order to control its growth

Where Do You Deadhead Daisy? (What Angle to Cut Daisy Flower Head)

This method also improves their blooming time. The flower head at the top of the plant should be cut at a 45-degree angle. Afterward, you should remove the lateral flower stems, snipping them at the base.

Deadheading daisies will encourage more blooms in the following year. Moreover, it will also help your plants concentrate on the re-growth of their foliage and roots. 

By deadheading your flowers, you will encourage them to grow better and produce more flowers. It is also important to keep your garden tools clean so that you can prevent any virus from spreading. Nevertheless, it is a very important task to do.

When deadheading your daisies, make sure you cut off the flower stem that connects to the previous stems. If you don’t want to cut off the stem, cut it off to the point where it meets the rest of the stem. 

This process is especially important for Gerbera and Shasta daisies because they produce one flower stem per flower. So, if you’re planning to plant them in containers, deadheading will ensure you have a healthy plant and fuller blooms in the next season.

Benefits of Deadheading Daisies

There are many benefits to deadheading Daisies. Not only will deadheading allow your flowers to re-bloom next year, but it will also prolong the current blooming season.

However, there’s no guarantee that it will increase growth or extend the blooming season.

1). Deadhead to Reduce Stress on Daisies 

Essentially, you will benefit from the energy of your flowers by reducing the stress on the plant. By doing this, you will help the plants to conserve their energy and produce more flowers the next year.

After deadheading flowers, you should trim the stems that lead to the flowers. For daisies, it will increase the length of time that a flower lasts.

The flowers will also benefit from the dead weight of the stems and petals.

2). Deadhead to Improve Your Daisy Blooms

Deadheading is a key step to ensuring your daisies have the maximum blooms possible. It will also promote new growth and root development, helping your plant set the stage for the next growing season. 

This will also promote healthy perennial growth, which is vital for keeping your daisies in full bloom. So, deadhead your daisies regularly!

This will increase the number of blooms they produce and help them bloom longer.

3). Prolong Daisies Blooming Season

Deadheading daisies will help the plants grow in a more efficient way. It will prolong their blooming season and will also make them more beautiful. 

During deadheading, you should cut the flower spikes before the seeds form and let them wither. 

This will enable them to grow into seed pods, which you can leave in the soil. Once the flowers have finished blooming, they will begin to form seeds.

Deadheading daisies might be difficult to do for some gardeners, but it is crucial to keep your daisies in bloom. 

This method is especially important if you have high rainfall. If your garden gets more than two feet of rain in a single day, you should be able to get away with deadheading just fine.

It will also help keep weeds under control. However, if you want to avoid this hassle, simply deadhead your daisies regularly.

4). Get Rid of Dead Daisies Parts Without Killing The Plant

When you deadhead daisies, you can also divide them and extend their blooming season. By dividing them, you can get rid of the dead daisies without affecting their blooming period.

This method will also prolong the flowering season of your daisies. 

After you’ve successfully cut daisies, you will be left with a plant that will continue to grow and bloom throughout the year. 

So, be sure to do it at regular intervals and follow the directions on your manual to ensure that your flowers will be healthy and long-lived.

5). Deadhead Daisies to Aid Healthy Rooth System

Deadheading daisies is an essential part of perennial flower care. Not only will it extend the flowering season, but it will also encourage healthy growth and a firmer root system

This technique is best done when you notice that the petals of your daisies are starting to fade. After deadheading, the flowers will continue to grow. If you wait until the last few weeks of the summer, you’ll find it will continue to bloom.

The Best Way to Deadhead Flowers

The best way to deadhead daisy flowers, and most plants in general, are to remove the spent flower heads from plants that you’ve already deadheaded.

This process can be done by hand if you’re dealing with soft plants. For a more difficult stem, you might need to use pruners. When deadheading a plant, make sure to remove the entire flower head, as beginners often cut off the petals and miss out on the seeds.

You can remove the entire flower head by cutting it off just above the first leaf below the flower head. This can be an ugly option, but it saves you from having to deal with the unsightly stem.

This method of deadheading is the most common when the plants are spiked with flowers. This method has been shown to make the plants flower more profusely, but it’s not the only reason.

Cutting Daisies Blooms to Lateral Buds

Once your daisies’ blooms are done, you can cut them back to lateral buds. Trim them back to where they meet the next leaf.

If you’re dealing with Shasta or Gerbera daisies, you should only remove the flowers that have faded or discolored petals, and they’ll come back much better in the spring. But before you do this, make sure you have a clean pair of garden shears to cut off the flowers.

After you’ve harvested the flowers, you should clip the stems of dead flowers and leave the lateral bud. You can also use a clipper to cut the stems of dead flowers so that they are above the next leaf.

Remember to leave the basal foliage in place, which only comes out at the end of the growing season. If you want to enjoy more beautiful daisies, deadhead them.

Why Do Daisies Last So Long?

Did you know that daisies are one of the longest-lasting flowers? They can last 5 to 7 days when cut if they are properly cared for.

Fortunately, daisies are very easy to care for and maintain.

To make your flowers last longer, follow these steps:

Water daily

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Add a little water every day to the vase, and cut off the tops of the stems each day. Remember to change the water regularly, and remove any floating petals or leaves.

Gerbera daisies are the best example of long-lasting flowers. They have large flower heads with ray-like petals surrounding a central disk.

They are also the most durable flower, so they don’t need watering or preservative solutions for long-term storage. Always make sure that the floral foam is fully saturated, and add more water when needed. If the stem becomes discolored or has dry spots, cut it at an angle and replace it with a fresh one.

Gerber daisies typically last two to three years in good conditions, but they can even reach five or six years in ideal conditions. The flowers will stay in bloom for weeks after their first appearance.

However, they must be kept in a temperature range of 40 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit in order to stay healthy and happy. Summer heat will often kill gerbera blooms, so some gardeners will transplant them indoors after they bloom.

Keep the Flowers Open

After harvesting, you should make sure the flowers are fully open. The center should still be tightly closed. Unlike other varieties, gerbera daisies will not stay fresh for long if the center of the stems is completely drooping over.

To prolong the flower’s life, you can place it in an inch or so of water and add more water as needed. When the flowers have faded, cut them off the base of the stem.

When gerbera daisies bloom, you should prune them to allow for their bloom to return. Ensure that the stems have full water and are not discolored.

Divide them every three to four years, and repeat every few weeks. If you do this, they will last for up to ten days. If you do not prune the stems, they may not recover and die. So, the stems should be cut off when the flowers are fully open.

If you have a special occasion coming up, you should consider buying a bunch of daisies in a bright color. These flowers can last for weeks indoors.

If they are cut too early or too late, they will start to fade. If you want to give them to someone, it’s best to place them in a sunny window. If you don’t have a lot of space, keep them in a shaded area.


Deadheading daisies is an important part of maintaining your garden. It will prolong the blooming season of your daisies and encourage new flower growth. 

When you deadhead daisies, you will give your plants plenty of time to rebloom. 

If you’re planning to harvest the seeds, wait until late in the growing season. When you harvest your own seedlings, you’ll have a much healthier plant in the long run.


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