The Q&A Archives: Should I Be Seeing New Growth On My Mum At This Time Of The Year?

Question: I am not sure if the roots on my plant have died over the winter. I placed a pine branch over the mum that I trimmed to about 2". I am not seeing any new growth and I am concerned that my mum has died but I don't want to pull it
up just yet in hopes that maybe it will start to grow. All of my bulbs are blooming. What should I be looking for?

Answer: Look around the perimeter of the crown from last year. Look for small shoots of green mum foliage. It may take some time for them to appear if the pine branch was left on too long. In most cases, the keys to winter survival are selecting a variety that is hardy, planting it in a location that is well drained in the winter time, and planting in spring so the mum has plenty of time to become well established. A winter covering can inadvertently smother the plant, especially if there is any excess moisture.

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