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What are some tips for caring for a chrysanthemum?

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Plant chrysanthemums in an area shielded from strong winds with well-drained soil and good sunlight. Apply abundant mulch in the fall to create a protective layer against winter freeze. Ensure good air circulation by allowing enough space between plants. Use a time-release fertilizer in the spring, and pinch new growths.

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Pinching ensures fuller and healthier blooms in late summer and autumn, preventing premature blooming. Pinch back new growths above the second set of leaves, 4 to 6 inches from the stem. Pinch chrysanthemums until the end of June. Use the removed segments as cuttings to plant elsewhere in the garden.

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