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problem with chrysanthemums

Posted by Ashley_NC 7b NC (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 20, 04 at 12:25

Hi all! Hope everyone is well. However my chrysanthemums are not doing well. They were beautiful last fall but lately they have been turing brown from the bottom up. The only green left is the last set of leaves prior to the bud which I'm beginning to lose on some of the plants. We've had several days of rain produced by different hurricane reminants. Any ideas what may be the problem?

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RE: problem with chrysanthemums

"We've had several days of rain produced by different hurricane reminants."

Drainage problems and too much rain are the most likely culprits. Mums don't like wet feet. They rot. Clay soils like you have in the South rot most mums unless they are really well amended and the mums are planted slightly high for good drainage.

RE: problem with chrysanthemums

Sounds like crown rot, check to make sure there is no mulch touching the crown of the plant.

RE: problem with chrysanthemums

Thanks for the info! The area where they're planted, after a heavy rain, has water standing nearby. I've also got pinestraw under the mums. I'll double check that no mulch is touching the crown and I'll try to amend the soil around them. I just love the great info I get here!

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