How do I trim Mum’s for the winter?

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My Mum plants are too tall, I need to trim them back but I’m scared to.

Thank You for any information on this subject.

Peggy

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  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Oct 15, 2018

    Here's some help for you. I also have Mums, and love them!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOuqmNFPxrw


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NALQIrQTcTA

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Oct 15, 2018

    Hi Peggy! I reshape mine in the spring, I let the blooms and leaves die back on their own until then.

  • Mum's are more resilient than you think. My Gardner's assistant took a weed wacker to mine once and they came back just fine. If you don't deadhead you don't get more blooms!

  • 1401470 1401470 on Oct 16, 2018

    Great question and I've got a simple tutorial to help.

    https://www.gardenupgreen.com/2015/10/caring-for-mums.html

  • Megan Marie McCabe Megan Marie McCabe on Oct 16, 2018

    I’ve always just cut them back after they finish blooming in the fall. Have had no problems trimming them back short and having them come back each year

  • I cut mine back to a couple of inches, cover them with leaves and mulch and they are set for the winter.

  • Thelma Travis Thelma Travis on Oct 16, 2018

    Do NOT be afraid..............you have to trim them back each year....helps them to multiply....also be sure and water them before the first freeze.........dry freeze on plants sometimes kills the roots.

  • MEG MEG on Oct 16, 2018

    Just use a sharp scissors or cutting shears. They do tend to get woody so trimming is essential. I always deadhead mine so new growth will develop. Just trim them down and enjoy them when they come back stronger and prettier. Don't be afraid. They wont die. They are very hardy plants.

  • 4pe31896310 4pe31896310 on Oct 16, 2018

    Thank You for all the great information.

    Peggy

    Amen 🌻🎶

  • Ellis Ellis on Oct 17, 2018

    I just read an article that recommends you not cut them back until after the winter. Cutting back now might stimulate some fresh growth if there is some late warm weather.


    In spring, I cut mine down to a couple of inches, then in half again in late June. That should keep them from getting too gangly.

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