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
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.
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?
While they normally prefer the foliage, it is likely slugs. This article will help:
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
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?
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
My chrysanthemums started blooming in June. How can I prevent this from happening?
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.
How to care for potted mums in the cold temps.
This article should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/chrysanthemum/wintering-mums.htm
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.
It sounds like you have aphids or mealy bugs. These articles will help:
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
This article will help with winter care for you mums: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/chrysanthemum/wintering-mums.htm
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.