The Q&A Archives: Winterizing Mums

Question: I have cut back my mums to just above soil level. When can I expect them to bloom again? What do I do in the meantime to ensure they come back?<br>

Answer: Your chrysanthemums will begin to sprout in the spring. When new green shoots appear, dig the plant and divide it so that each new shoot has some roots. Discard the old center portion and replant the new shoots in a sunny spot. The mums will grow straight up; pinch back the tops frequently so you'll have bushy plants. To produce large blooms, pinch back all flower buds except for one or two in each cluster.<br><br>They should begin to bloom in late summer and will continue through the fall months.

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