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Questions About Chrysanthemum Plants

Asked by
youngr02360 on
June 5, 2012

Q. pruning mum plants in june?

I have several mums that have survived the winter and are now starting to grow. Can I cut them back to make them more bushy plants? Also, how to do it if it is a good idea?
Thanks

Answered by
Nikki on
June 6, 2012
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Yes, if you are beginning to see new growth, go ahead and cut back the old foliage. Stems of the mums are pruned back to 3-4 inches above the ground.

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Asked by
chan on
September 27, 2012

Q. Having Problems With My Mums

I live in Alabama. Something is eating the bloom/bud off of my mums and leaving a stalk. Some have dead sections in them. It’s not deer. Could it be slugs, and if so, what can I do?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 28, 2012
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A.

While they normally prefer the foliage, it is likely slugs. This article will help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/facts-about-slugs-and-how-to-kill-garden-slugs.htm

In addition to slugs, there are a few caterpillars that enjoy feasting on these plants. Bt can help take care of these pests. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/using-bacillus-thuringiensis.htm

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Asked by
Betty45 on
September 29, 2012

Q. Leaves Turning Brown on Mums

My mums have leaves that are turning brown. I would like to know the possible causes and the cure. Some of the stems are dying. What type of soil should they be planted in? Is there a product that will cure these conditions? If so, what are they?

Answered by
Nikki on
September 30, 2012
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If it's newly planted, then it may be suffering from shock or there could have be air pockets restricting roots from taking in water. While you could flood the area with water and tamp down around the plants to help collapse any air pockets, right now, you need to determine if the plant is still alive. This article will help with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm

For information on caring for these plants, the following article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/chrysanthemum/growing-chrysanthemum-flowers.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/chrysanthemum/wintering-mums.htm

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Asked by
jmkeesee on
October 8, 2012

Q. How to Keep Chrysanthemums From Blooming Early

My chrysanthemums started blooming in June. How can I prevent this from happening?

Answered by
farmerphyl on
October 20, 2012
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Chrysanthemums are day length sensitive, meaning when there are a certain number of daylight hours the mum will bloom. Some need long days others shorter. Few mums will actually list the day length on the label. So it's pretty much trial and error. I like to swap with friends to get the kinds I actually want.

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Asked by
Ptbttle on
October 30, 2012

Q. How to Care for Potted Mums in the Cold Temp

How to care for potted mums in the cold temps.

Answered by
Nikki on
October 31, 2012
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Asked by
Marlene on
October 1, 2013

Q. is there a bug that lays white egg like things on the stems of mums?

I had some aphids on my mums earlier in the summer and now the flowers are pretty, but the leaves underneath are all turning brown and I see these white things on most of the stems near the ground.

Answered by
Heather on
October 2, 2013
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Asked by
mona l roberts on
October 18, 2013

Q. growing chrysanthemums

We bought a large container of chrysanthemums but had a freeze last night. We have had them in the house in a sunny window and they seem to do good. Should I plant them outside or leave them in house? They told me at the store they would be alright outside in the container but I feel like they will freeze just in the container unless planted in ground with mulch on top. Can you help me? Mona Roberts

Answered by
Nikki on
October 21, 2013
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This article will help with winter care for you mums: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/chrysanthemum/wintering-mums.htm

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Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
October 18, 2013
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I've found that mums with color at purchase generally aren't perennial. Usually mums planted in August or very early September, showing very little, if any color, have time to get a root system growing to survive the winter. The plant will eventually die to the ground. A nice collar of mulch around the plant, not over it, helps protect from the wind. I suggest using oak leaves or pine needles if you just "have to" mulch the top of the plant. Anything else could smother the mum.

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