The Q&A Archives: Pinching Silver Spoons Chrysanthemums

Question: Do I have to pinch or cut the tops of a variety of
chrysanthemums called Silver Spoons so they can produce
a compact plant with more flowers? They are about 3 to 4
inches tall now. Last year I grew a variety called Autumn
Glory and pinched the tops off. But they appear different
in appearance from the Silver Spoons variety.

Answer: "Silver Spoons" is a type of Chrysanthemum leucanthemum or Shasta Daisy type and is not one of the typical fall flowering mums. Instead, it is grown as perennial and often blooms the first year from seed. It should not be necessary to pinch it back, although pinching it once early on would help develop a stockier plant. When it blooms, deadheading should help it bloom over a longer season.

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