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Mailbag: Will mums come back?

Wondering if you can help me with a question on mums. Usually I plant some mums in early fall and pull them out before winter never to use them again. Thery are still in the ground. Can I just cut them down to ground level to keep them for next year ? Or what? -- Tony G.

Yes, Tony, Chrysanthemums are perennials. They'll come back every year, if you let them. Just cut them back after they've gone dormant -- it's OK to wait until spring, if you prefer -- and you'll notice new growth next May. 

See yesterday's column for my mum pruning guide.

 

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