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Old 06-09-2010, 09:27 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I'm in N.C. We have always used July 15th as the last date to pinch your mums if you want full busy plants with load of blooms for fall. It really hurts to do this, especially if you can see flowers buds beginning but it makes for such a showy sturdy plant and is worth the pain. I don't just pinch out the growing tips. I actually take the sissors to them every other week or so from early spring to July 15th.

The date may be different in your area.
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:09 AM
Location: Albemarle, NC
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If you cut more than just a pinch, they root easily. I stick mine in soil, place it in a large container on the shady side of the house, and just wait. Takes 4-6 weeks to establish a good root system. Yesterday, I planted out 12 from cuttings taken back near the end of April.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:20 PM
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Thanks for the tip, I'll do it!
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:39 AM
Location: Neither here nor there
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Thanks for this tip. I planted some bareroot last year and they have come back thick and bushy this year.
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:51 AM
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About that.. so last year was the first year I really did this. I noticed in early July there were buds (way too early!) and so I cut the plants approx in half (they were really big!) vertically about 4th of July, and then again cut them back (maybe 1/3) in early August.

I had beautiful blooms from Mid September to late October.

This year, Cinci has had a WEIRD start to summer ... with a LOT of rain, and a lot of heat.

About 3 weeks ago (MAY!!) I noticed my Chrysanthemums not only had buds, but some of the buds had color and were starting to open.

Yes. Blooming Chyrsanthemums in May.

I HACKED them back to about 1/3 of their size.

I have a feeling I will be cutting them back at least two more times this summer, unless we get a sudden cold snap. The intense sun wiht all this moisture is making my June garden look like an August one.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:26 AM
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm letting one of my mums go; it's about to bloom any day and just got too out of control too early with the premature hot weather we had in April and May. Then I'll whack it down again and see what happens.

The others are still short and compact, so they'll be pinched through mid-July, and hopefully will bloom until Thanksgiving.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:01 PM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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well I keep hearing about pinching them but never have and yet our plants are beautiful. I guess I will do it this year and see if they are any fuller..

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Old 06-14-2010, 12:36 PM
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I really didn't do it in order to create "fullness" but because I didn't want blooming Chryanthemums in August last year.

It did make them bushier - but since they were already verging on too big - that wasn't really a desired outcome.

This year when I hacked them down to nothing.. I also "divided" them. I.E. Use shovel to cut clump in half, or thirds. Remove desired portion of plant entirely.

They looked terrible when I did it (as you would expect), but now (3 weeks later) they are already filling back in and growing like crazy.

One of the reasons I love/hate mums. They are CHEAP and you get a lot of plant life out of them!!
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:38 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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it-pinching- doesn't just make the plant bushier. It gives you blooms in the fall when most of us want them. You know pruning, or pinching anything during the growing season just encourages new growth.

With other plants you don't want to prune too close to winter cause the new tender growth which results from pruning or pinching will be killed by frost.

back to mums, I don't just cut the tops. I go into the middle of the plants and make pretty drastic cuts to encourage fuller plants. That is how the professional growers do it too.
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Old 06-14-2010, 01:50 PM
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NoKudzu thanks for the reminder. This is the first year in dozens and dozens that I have nothing to pinch back. My mums didn't make it through the winter last year and I ripped out all of my asters after and aster wilt took hold of my garden last year. I think it may have arrived in the mulch, as that stuff has been a fungus and mushroom factory after every rain. I'm still cleaning up the remains of the wilt that spread to Echinacea where it causes deformed leaves and flowers and even to my Salvia which gets burned looking from bottom to top if I don't spray with a fungicide. No asters or mums to pinch.

btw I always pinched my mums and asters to keep the stems short and sturdy enough to carry flowers without flopping as well as increase the numbers of flowers. I found in my zone 5 part sun garden it made the plants look neater and fuller if I kept pinching every 2 -3 weeks from spring through the beginning of August.
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