Fall Chrysanthemum - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cindac2002
November 9, 2009
How do I care for them so that they return in the next season?

Answer from NGA
November 9, 2009


If your plants are labeled garden mum or perennial mum, you can plant them in the garden. If it is labeled Florist's Mum, it is too tender to live outdoors in your gardening climate. For garden or perennial chrysanthemums, plant them in a sunny garden spot. Cut off the spent flowers as they begin to fade to lose petals. Around the first week of December the stems and foliage will die. At that time you can cut them off at ground level. Mulch over the crown of the plant with compost, shredded leaves, straw, pine boughs, etc. to help protect the ground from the freeze/thaw cycle that might push the plant out of the ground. In the spring you'll see lots of new stems emerging. If you pinch out the growing tips of your mums every few weeks throughout the summer you'll train it into a bushy mound. When flower buds begin to form, pinch out all but the center bud and you'll get fewer, but larger flowers. Enjoy!

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