Make your second-year mums look like first class plants

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    Your rhubarb is a family heirloom. But you’re moving from a cold clime to Oklahoma, where it can’t survive. Mike McGrath, host of You Bet Your Garden, will offer some options for this seemingly impossible problem. Plus: your fabulous phone calls!


    Question of the Week:

    “I have lots of chrysanthemums. My mother taught me to “pinch off” the top leaves as they grow to force the plants to get bushy rather than spindly. But I have so many plants–and it is arduous work for my tired old hands. Can I just cut them off with shears or hedge clippers? I’m guessing that large-scale professional mum growers don’t do this by hand.”

    — Linda in Pennington, New Jersey

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