pruning mums

kk304April 30, 2006

I've got some chrysanthemums that survived the winter, and I'd like to know the easiest way to keep them pretty. Seems I recall my mom telling me that you had to pinch new growth to keep them small and compact, but that is turning into toooooo much maintenance for these things. Can I just take shears and trim them back to 1' high periodically? Will they look really horrible if I don't prune them?

Thanks!

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Dieter2NC(z7b NC)

You don't have to pinch them back, they will bloom early if you don't. I use an old pair of grass clippers to shear mine back several times in spring, early summer. I do my last shearing around the first of july.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2006 at 10:42AM
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gw:josette-sc

Yes, that's what I do also. keeps them nice and bushy

    Bookmark   May 16, 2006 at 4:21PM
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ltbowling_bellsouth_net

It is July and my mums are blooming, can I prune them while in bloom? I want them to bloom in the fall.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2011 at 6:49AM
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