How soon can you divide mums?

frank325July 10, 2008

If I buy a couple mums this fall, in the spring would I be able to divide them into at least 2, so I'd have 4 by next fall? Or can you not successfully propagate mums that will only be about a year old by the time it's done?

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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

Mums root very easily from soft wood cuttings.
You may be able to divide them in the spring, but you will fors ure be able to start new plants ...if they live over the winter.
Linda c

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 11:08PM
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frank325

Soft wood cuttings in the spring? If so, how large would they be by the fall (compared to, say, a new one you'd buy at the store), and would they bloom in the fall already? Don't know how fast growing they are.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 6:29AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

MANY commercial mums are NOT hardy .... ergo .. as Linda noted ... they do NOT come back after winter ...

if you cut a piece of mum .. with two sets of leaves .... and strip the bottom set .... and put them in a glass of water ... or in damp potting media.. and cover with a baggie .... they will root relatively fast ... i am sure if you put PROPAGATING MUMS into a search engine.. you will get millions of hits ...

proper pruning of a single stalk plant ... requires that you shear it back about 3 times a season ... to create the bush we all love ... rather than a one flower stalk ... every time you do this... you can root what you cut off ... YOU SHOULD TRY THIS RIGHT NOW WITH ANY MUMS YOU HAVE.. JUST TO EXPERIMENT .... but you might not know if yours is hardy ...

many years back ... i MAIL ORDERED about 25 varieties for spring delivery ..... they were under a buck each ... YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY THIS ... but i cant remember the name of the place ... maybe Huff's .... but they appear to be out of business ...

good luck

ken

    Bookmark   July 11, 2008 at 8:24AM
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