Sunday, September 19, 2010
Some people do not like mums. How can that be?
Is it the smell? They do have a funny mum smell, but it isn't that bad.
Is it that they don't overwinter well? Well, they don't if you put them in a container now, let them bloom out, and then right before the ground freezes, try to plant them. That will never work!
Instead you should plant them right away, before the buds open up, and let them get established well before the ground freezes. Then once they are done blooming, cover the base with mulch, but do not cut off the stems. Let them go until you see signs of new green growth coming up from the base in the spring, then cut them back.
I've grown the same mums, pictured above, for over a dozen years, and even moved them this spring back to a holding bed in the vegetable garden, and they are still doing just fine. And a dozen years is hardly a record for mum longevity.
Is it that mums are everywhere in the fall? Well sure they are! They provide good color now. Nothing wrong with that.
If you've turned your back on mums, I think you ought to give them another chance this fall. Really...