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More dahlia flowers Once the petals have fallen, many people mistake dead dahlia flowers for glower buds. So is that a bud or a dead flower? Number 2 on the above photo is a dead flower and number 1 is a flower bud that has yet to open The photos on the left are dead flower heads. They are more conical in shape and if they are lightly squeezed, they feel empty and may exude a liquid. The photographs on the right show buds that have yet to open. They are more rounded in shape and firm if lightly squeezed. Dead heading is probably not a very good description of the process as you should really remove the flower and the stem down to where a new shoot is forming. Cut just above the new shoot to encourage new growth and new flowers. Growing Flowers To Growing Flowers Menu Page