Mums Question

ksblackJuly 4, 2012

As a Michigan transplant to Phoenix, I am not familiar with the seasonal aspects of growing mums. I bought a large pot of them last fall, which overwintered nicely and produced a large crop of flowers this spring. But now the plants are all turning brown in the heat. Is this normal? Should I cut them back? Will they come back in the fall?

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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

I have a few that have been outdoors for 2 or 3 years, but they are all in shade. They get a bit of morning sun, that's all. You can cut the long spindly stems back and they will grow out again in the fall. Make sure they get shade and water through the summer. I have one pot that still blooms, although the blooms are pretty small.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 12:17AM
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Thanks for the response. I will cut them back. They only get mid-day sun but I guess that is too much at this time of year.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 3:20PM
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tomatofreak(Z9 Phx USA)

Yep, midday sun is brutal. If you have a bright shady spot, I think they'd do well there.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 3:34PM
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