pruning mums - Knowledgebase Question

Beachwoo, Ne
Question by dave5960
September 30, 2009
I have planted mums in my flower bed, when is the best time to prune or clip the buds?? After the mum has flowered and now the buds have died, or is there a better time. Thanks, Dave, bchwd

Answer from NGA
September 30, 2009


You can clip off the flowers as they begin to fade and you can remove any obviously dead but unopened buds at any time. For the largest and longest lasting flowers carefully pinch out all the buds in the cluster except the center one. You will get only one flower per stem, but it will be large and attractive. When the flower fades you can prune the flowering stem down to just above a pair of leaves. Two new but smaller stems will grow and each will produce a flower. Hope this answers your question!

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