mums - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by emarsh000
July 21, 2010
when and how to cut mums back

Answer from NGA
July 21, 2010
Mums should be pinched (pinch off the individual growing tips by hand) or lightly trimmed every two weeks or so from spring until the fourth of July as a rule of thumb. This helps them grow bushy and dense and causes the plant to have more flowers as a result. It is a bit late to start but you might try cutting it back by about a third, then pinch the new growth tips a few times. Stop pinching in late August. This may cause them to bloom a bit late in the fall, but will keep them from getting so leggy and thin.

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