|A friend told me you are suppose to trim your mums back 3 times during the year so they don't get long and lanky when they bloom in the Fall. Is this correct? If so, when and how do you do it?|
|Your friend is right. Pinching your mums back now and throughout the summer will result in thick, bushy plants and lots of flowers this fall. Here's how:
Pinch each stem back, leaving two or three leaves on the shoot. Whenever a stem becomes three to four inches long, repeat the pinching process. Continue this practice from May through July (you'll probably be pinching them back once a month). Stop pinching the first of August and your plant will develop lots of flower buds which will open in the fall.