trimming mum - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by Judy3758
June 30, 2010
My mum has flower buds. Should I trim it now so it doesn't bloom too early before early fall?
I am in zone 5.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
I'd pinch the plant back to encourage a bushy growth habit. Pinch it back now and again when the new growth reaches four inches long. Stop pinching in late August.

Generally mums should be pinched all spring and summer - until late August. Start in the spring when the new growth is 6-8 inches long. Pinch out just the tips of the stems. When the new growth is 4 inches long, pinch it again. Each time you pinch you'll get two new stems. By the time August rolls around you'll have lots of short, sturdy stems on your mums. Stop pinching in late August and your plant will set flower buds.

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