This article is about when to cut back your mums. Hanging mums, or chrysanthemums, are popular flowers that people often display in their homes during the fall and winter months. They are beautiful additions to any home or office space that offer color and life when other plants have lost theirs for the season. But like many other plants, they will eventually need to be cut back. If you don’t know how long your hanging mums can live – this article is here to help!
There is a school of thought which says that it’s best to only remove dead flowers and keep the plant healthy by trimming off any signs of wilting, drying, or drooping leaves. The other school feels that a more heavy-handed approach is necessary for these plants if they start showing signs of aging such as browning leaf tips, yellowing foliage, or when some blossoms have been lost from their stems – then it’s time to get rid of them all in order to avoid having an overgrown plant which not only looks unkempt but will also need watering much more often than usual because there won’t be enough free space in the pot.
Some people prefer to cut back their mum when there are at least five new shoots on the plant, and others will leave them until they have no more than two or three new shoots. The latter group is concerned that if these plants are left too long it can lead to a lack of flowers – which in turn means fewer blooms for next year’s display.
It might be tempting to start trimming away straight away when you notice your hanging mums starting to become overgrown, but some gardeners recommend holding off for another few weeks because this time isn’t just about planting something else into its place; it’s also about letting nature take its course so that the leaves and roots continue doing what they do best: thriving!
If you’re thinking about leaving them alone, make sure you’ll be able to come back and take care of the plants when they’ve grown so big that it’s impossible for you to reach them.
Properly timed trimming will encourage new growth which is great if your hanging mums are a focal point in your garden or on your porch.
One way to identify whether these flowers need some pruning done is by looking at their leaves: if the edges are browning then there may not be enough moisture being absorbed from the soil – this can happen when roots get too large, trapping water below where it’s unable to escape upwards into the plant. In this case, cut off parts of old stems towards ground level with sharp scissors for the best results.
Avoid cutting the flowering stems when they’re in bloom as this can reduce their blooming time and also make them look unattractive.
If you are unable to water your hanging mums on a regular basis, then it might be better just to leave them alone – even if that means coming back every few days or so for some pruning.
It’s important to note that the timing of when you trim hanging mums can vary depending on your climate conditions and how often they are watered or not, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different cut-back times if need be.
If watering is an issue for you, then it might just be better to leave them alone – even if that means coming back every few days or so for some pruning. But we recommend waiting until flowering finishes before focusing on any kind of major cutting job as this will prolong their blooming time and make them look attractive again instead.
The key takeaway from our article today should have been: When in doubt, water more rather than less because dry conditions will always shorten their lifespan.
Hanging mums need to be cut back in the fall when they are finished flowering or when you see signs of them starting to grow less lush and healthy, such as:
yellowing leaves that darken at the edges;
stems with a dry appearance or feel;
plants drooping over from one side so only some of its flowers remain visible.
In general, hanging mums should not last more than three months before showing serious signs of aging – after which point it’s best just to replace them instead because this is usually what your neighbors have done by now too! If watering is an issue for you, then it might be best to switch from hanging mums, which require a lot of water and maintenance, to something that is more suited for your environment.