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Last updated on: 7/03/2015
Why are we talking about Fall Garden Mums in July? Read on to find out...
Ever wonder why during the following year in the garden the garden mums you purchased at your local nursery and planted in fall grow more leggy in your garden the following year rather than dense and compact as they were when you first bought them? There's a reason. Commercial growers of mums pinch plants back several times during spring into early summer. But weft to grow naturally in your garden, many varieties of garden mums become leggy by summer and will even start to produce flowers, which you don't want to let them do. Why? Because the flowers of garden mums will quickly fade and die in the heat of summer. This is because they prefer cooler temperatures and will hold their flowers for much, much lo nger during the cooler temperatures in fall.
Why pinch back mums?
Mums sprout in early spring and then start to grow in a bush-like fashion, sometimes. However, depending on weather and the environment, if left un-pruned, as mentioned, some varieties will grow quite tall and leggy and start blooming way too early. When this happens the weight of the flowers and leaves on the stems will often cause the branches to fall over. To prevent this from happening and to maintain a compact shape with more branching, you can pinch mums back starting in early spring and continuing into mid-summer arounf the 4th of July.
NOTE: You don't have to pinch or prune mums at all. If you choose not to prune you might only get a short bloom period in summer and it might be necessary to use plant supports to keep leggy stems from flopping over throughout the season.
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