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Signs of damage
Blooming is only one stage in the life cycle of any plant. The flowering period time depends on the species of your green friend – while some only flower for about a week, others can stay in bloom for a month. Signs of finished flowering are clear and easy to identify – the flower itself loses its pretty appearance. It can get dry; petals might fall off or start rotting. At the same time, the rest of the plant remains healthy.
How to prevent
It is a completely natural process of a plant's life cycle, so it is impossible to prevent it.
When the plant has finished flowering, you should consider pruning it.
- In many cases, pruning is merely a cosmetic procedure. For instance, you can prune the bushes into the shape you want by trimming some leaves and stems.
If the plants are left intact, they may lose their initial shape.
- However, we recommend leaving your plants alone if you strive for a natural appeal or even artistic chaos.
- Pruning has other benefits apart from aesthetic pleasure. Some plants may be short-lived if unpruned. Moreover, the following flowering and fruiting may be unsuccessful.
- Consider pruning not only the dead flowers but also some foliage. However, it shouldn’t be more than 30% of the overall foliage of the plant.
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