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May 25, 2012 5:00 AM

Gardener’s almanac (May 26)

Pinch mums –

To get nice full mums this fall, pinch them back now. It’s best to pinch them two or three times before July 4, K-State Research and Extension horticulturist Dennis Patton says. Cut back new growth by half, preferably starting when the plant has four to six leaves below each stem’s top growth, Patton says. That will force the leaf axils below every cut to send out side shoots. The plant will be shorter but will end up with about six new stems wherever it used to have one.

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