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Is it permissible to deadhead flowers for aesthetic purposes only? not to promote new growth, just because the dead flowers look ugly.
We've been getting lots of questions on deadheading; that is, removing dead flowers in the garden. Deadheading is a delicate issue because it directly promotes growth. If is perfectly fine to pick flowers when they are alive and put them in a vase on your table. If you want to remove the dead flowers only because they are ugly, and you don't care if new flowers will grow, it will be permissible - with a shinuy: different manner, change instrument, etc.. However, if you ALSO want new flowers to grow, it is forbidden to deadhead any type of flower.