If I cut my mums after they brown in the fall will they bloom again next spring and summer?
I planted mums this fall and don't know much about them. I was wondering if I should cut them back, since they are brown. Will they bloom again next spring and summer?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

If your mums (Chrysanthemum x morifolium) survive the winter, you'll see new growth developing around the base of the plant early in spring. The old, dead growth from last year can be clipped away. If nothing develops at the base of the plant, it's a sign that the plant did not survive the winter. Although garden mums are often called hardy mums, they may not survive the winter if drainage is poor or if you live in an extremely cold climate. If numerous shoots have overwintered, divide and separate the clump. Three to five vigorous shoots are enough to make a showy clump. Once new shoots start to develop, give them a little slow-release granular flower fertilizer and leave them alone. When they are about 6 inches tall, pinch back the tops of each stem by 1-2 inch or so. This promotes compact, bushy growth later on. To prevent delaying the bloom, stop pinching after late June. Normally garden chrysanthemums bloom only in fall when nights are long and days are short. (Flower bud development is a response to day length.) The mums you find blooming in spring in garden centers have been grown in a greenhouse, where they get short days to force early bloom. A few cultivars are day-neutral, flowering at any day length. So yours may develop some blooms by midsummer if not pinched. Also heat can delay bloom.

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Community Answers (5)

My mums are about ready to flower and it is end of May, should i be pinching the flowers to ensure that they flower for Fall? what should I be doing. this is a first for me.
Submitted by chadams210258

If there is a broken stem from a mum plant ,not at the bas ewill it still survive?
Submitted by poohbear120260

yes. Thank you.
Submitted by doritosgarza

I have mums I planted last year they are extreamily large and I like to know if it would be safe to give starts of them in Nov.After they have bloomed and before the frost.I live in zone 5 usa.
Submitted by clewis541