Hardy mums - Knowledgebase Question

Stoneboro, PA
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Question by rajan64
November 9, 1997
My hardy mums never last through the winter. What is the best way to make them bloom year after year?

Answer from NGA
November 9, 1997
Although it s possible to get hardy mums to overwinter and begin growth again in the spring, they generally won t put out as many flowers in subsequent years--and certainly nothing like they have at the garden centers, where they re nurtured for that spectacular fall display.

Once the foliage dies back, you can trim it to about 6 inches. After the soil freezes, mulch the plant heavily (6 or more inches) with straw or bark chips. Remove the mulch in the spring.

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