Mums are popular garden plants, prized for their bright and cheerful blooms. To keep your mums looking their best throughout the year, it’s important to give them regular pruning. Pruning helps encourage new growth and keeps the plant tidy. In this blog post we will discuss how to properly prune a mum in order to get the most out of your flower bed or container garden.
When Should You Prune Your Mums?
The best time to prune mums is in spring after they have finished flowering. This allows you to remove any dead or damaged stems before new growth begins, ensuring that only healthy branches remain on the plant. Avoid pruning during summer months when temperatures are high as this could damage young shoots and buds that are just beginning to form on the plant.
How To Prune A Mum
Before you start pruning your mums, make sure that you have good quality gardening shears or scissors available so you can make clean cuts without damaging the stem of the plant. Once you have gathered your supplies, begin by removing any dead or diseased stems from the base of the mum using sharp shears or scissors and dispose of these pieces carefully away from other plants in order to prevent spreading disease between different plants in your garden bed or container garden. Next take a look at all remaining stems – if there are any excess leaves crowding around each stem then gently trim these back with sharp shears taking care not to cut too close into where live foliage meets dead wood as this could cause further damage later down the line due to dieback from improper cutting techniques being used here instead opt for slight snips higher up closer towards living foliage so that more light can reach lower parts of each branch resulting in better air circulation amongst other benefits such as increased flower production come late summertime! After all excess leaves have been removed take one last look over every single stem once again making sure there aren’t any signs left behind which may indicate potential diseases (these usually include discoloured blotches along either side of each stem). Finally when everything looks clear it’s time for final trimming; simply shape up remaining stems by slightly bending them downwards so they appear neater and more presentable than before – doing this will also help promote additional bud break which should lead onto even fuller looking flowers come mid-late August!
By following these simple steps outlined above it should be easy enough for anyone willing enough try their hand at some basic horticultural caretaking tasks such as correctly pruning a mum – no matter if yours is thriving outdoor within an established flower bed/container/planter area & regardless whether its indoors within say an apartment setting with limited space availability! Thanks again everyone & happy gardening 🙂