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cutting back mums

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by GENEG69 on November 21, 2002 05:39 PM
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    I have groups of mums which I planted last
    spring.The old stalks that are left are still
    green but new plants are coming up at the
    bottom. Should I cut them back now or wait
    for the old stalks to die.
    I am in zone 9a.
  • by Acanthus on December 02, 2002 04:55 PM
    If the old stalks are unsightly, it will not hurt the plant to cut them back now. I cut mine back as soon as they are done blooming.
    by GENEG69 on December 23, 2002 08:38 PM
    Thanks for the feedback Acanthus.
    I did go ahead and cut the stalks because
    they were so dry when I bent them they
    broke even tho they were still green.
    The new mums coming up are looking real good.

    Gene

    by Acanthus on December 26, 2002 04:33 AM
    Gene, you are most welcome, glad to help!

    In general, as soon as the first blooms on mine turn brown, I cut of the old blooms and try for a second flush of color. After that, as soon as I see no more bud production, and the weather's turned cold anyway, I cut all the stems down to the base plant and wait for next year.

    I love the daisy form mums, especially the white ones.

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