First off, let me note that I have never attempted to propagate mums, so I am not sure if this endeavor will be successful. I did receive two beautiful potted mums from a coworker who assured me that this process is quite easy.
There are a few reasons why I prune mums:
1. The plant is already huge and if I continue to let it grow unchecked, it will flower long before fall.
2. Pruning keeps the plant looking full and bushy.
3. I can use the clippings to grow new plants!
I have pruned my mums over the last few years and I haven’t had any problems. Since the plant is already huge, I will probably have to trim it a few more times this summer.
The hacked up mum.
After making a fresh cut, I soaked some of the plants in water.
(I will let you know if this makes a difference.)
I planted the mum branches an inch deep in potting soil and topped it all off with fertilizer. Finally I soaked everything with water in hopes of growing sturdy roots.
In May I am going to try to propagate rose bushes from a single branch. I will keep you posted on my success.
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