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How to Overwinter and Care for Mums

How to Overwinter and Care for Mums

November 7, 2016

by Sue Adams

Our winters can be challenging for mums, so to help them survive Hudson Valley winters:

When the foliage has succumbed to frost, cut the plant back to the ground. Apply a thick mulch (chopped leaves, pine needles, etc.) over the plants. When spring arrives and the threat of frost is over, remove the mulch. Simple reminder: When the forsythia bloom, it’s time to remove mulch!

When the plants are 6-8”, remove the top growth, taking it down to three or four leaves up from the base of the mum. This will encourage the plant to produce side branches and create a bushier, more flower productive clump.