The Gardens last Hurrah... Fall Garden Mums
As our summer draws to a close and cooler
temperatures begin to prevail, we know the growing season is nearing its
end. But is it really the end... or time for a new beginning?
This months topic... Fall Garden Mums
A very popular plant for late season color is Fall mums, sometimes called "Garden mums" or "Hardy mums". Fall mums were once known as Chrysanthemums but taxonomists have recently changed their botanical name to Dendranthema x grandiflora. Fall mums are available in a wide selection of colors, flower types... shapes and sizes. Fall mums are a low maintenance easy to grow plant that can be kept in containers or grown in beds. They are drought resistant and generally free of insect and disease pests.
How to Grow and Care for Fall Garden Mums
Over-wintering... getting them to come
Mulching your fall mums to a depth of 3" - 4" after the soil has frozen will help to ensure their return the following spring. The purpose of mulching your fall mums is to keep the soil frozen.
Re-growing... the following spring
To encourage branching and compact bushy growth, its important to pinch your fall mums in early spring. Once your plants have reached 4" - 6" remove about 1" to 2" of new growth on every shoot. After the plants have grown 3" - 5" shoots from the first pinching... its time to pinch again. Stop pinching your plants around mid July. This may seem like a drastic measure... but come fall you'll be rewarded with compact bushy plants that are robust with flowers.
Propagating... giving new life to old
That's it. As you can see fall mums are very easy to grow. They'll provide you with constant color until the first hard freeze.
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