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please help me with mums!

Posted by teachergirly zone 7 - AL (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 9, 07 at 18:39

ok - i try to garden, i really do. i buy lots of stuff and try to grow it and make my yard look nice, but i don't always do that well. my latest subject is mums. i have a HUGE one in a pot and two smaller ones all in pots. they looked SOOOO good when i got them. i have watered them about every other day. i was attempting to deadhead? them?? but now - they look awful!!! what do i do? how do i take care of mums? i really don't know what to do with them and i can't seem to get information anywhere - maybe i'm not looking in the right place. please let me know if you can give me any help! thanks!!!!

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RE: please help me with mums!

I'd be interested to see the answers to this as well. I experience the same thing when I try to grow them in pots past a certain length of time. Even repotting and fertilizing doesn't seem to improve them. Once I got them planted into the garden soil and I finally learned to start judiciously pruning them throughout the season to make them fuller they seem to do be happy, but I'm terrible with potted plants.

Danielle J.

RE: please help me with mums!

Mums are short term bloomers, especially in containers. Careful watering can help, I think. Avoid soaking the flower heads every time you water to prevent fungal problems from starting and spreading. Keep up with the deadheading from the very beginning.

Once planted in a permanent location in the garden and cut back pretty heavily at the right times of years can result in a twice a year (spring and fall) display. Full sun with maybe some protection from the hottest afternoon rays would be good in your location.

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