Mums, or Chrysanthemums, are among the most popular and classic fall flowers for the garden of perpetuity. With good reason! They are available in a wide range of colors, last well into frost, and keep a dying landscape looking fresh and colorful while we all set ourselves for letting go of the growing season. But there are some techniques to growing them, and a few of them may capture you off guard. Here are the five mistakes the majority of people make growing Mums, and how to correct them!
Mistake # 1-.
Planting Mums from the gift area.
If your Mums come in a foil wrapped pot, I have news for you. It’s gon na die. Chances are a well meaning pal offered you this plant in late fall as a gift, and meant for you to plant it in your garden for next year. The problem with that is that present plants are grown completely in a greenhouse. Which means, they have never been conditioned to living outdoors. Contribute to that the reality that nights are growing cold, and frost is just around the corner, and there is no chance these plants can harden off prior to winter sets in. Just enjoy them on a bright window sill. Then let them go.:-RRB- Then try to find nursery grown plants called “durable” Mums. And get them in the ground no later than early fall. (And spring is better!).
Mistake # 2–.
Forgetting to Feed! Mums are heavy feeders, and they are even more ravenous if they are planted in containers. Feed, feed, feed!
Mistake # 3-.
Expecting them to be hardy while planted in containers. While I do utilize Chrysanthemums in containers, and I have had them overwinter and come back in the spring, this is the exception. When plants remain in containers, there root systems are less safeguarded. If you plant Mums in containers, treat them as annuals and strategy to replace them next year. This is why they are low-cost!
Mistake # 4-.
Not Pinching! When Mums are about six inches tall, and after that once again at twelve inches, you should pinch off the pointers of the branches. This requires the plant to grow more compact, and hence prevents that awkward “floppy” phase right before they are prepared to open their blooms, ruining the entire seasons growth!
Mistake # 5-.
Not making the most of Mums in the garden bed. You understand what, don’t await fall to think “I desire some Mums to add fall color!”. Plant Mums in the spring with your other perennials, and ensure you attempt ranges of different size, colors and flowers shape. Consider Mums kind of like planting bulbs in the fall … you know you will not see those tulips flower up until the next season, however it deserves the wait.