Growing Chrysanthemums In The Garden

In planting garden chrysanthemums, one should choose a location that is in full sun and is well-drained with moist soil. Dig a hole approximately 1.5 times the plant size and add compost or other organic matter. After filling in the hole, be certain to compress the soil down to eliminate air cavities. Here’s the link to some of the featuring articles on selecting, planting, and maintaining herb plants that you can read before you start with gardening.

Spring-planted mums should be fertilized monthly through July; after that, over-fertilization will retard late-season growth. Mums planted in the fall do not require fertilization. To avoid tall, leggy plants with few blooms, start removing all shoots every three weeks until late June. This process is called ‘pinching’ and includes the growing ‘tip’ and first set of leaves. No pinching after June or the flower formation will be hampered.

Finally, to savor the success of your fall season chrysanthemums, and anticipate that they will reappear as gloriously the following year, winterize your mums. Garden mums, though hardy, have a shallow root system and are affected by repeated freezing/thawing changes.

To avoid damage, add mulch in late November or early December when the ground surface freezes. Without proper mulching, the roots freeze and raise the mum out of the ground. If this occurs, just step on the plant and shove it back into the ground. Also, shun fall pruning as the old foliage left behind will enable your mums to have a better chance of winter survival. Florist mums purchased in grocery stores and floral shops have few underground shoots and do not usually survive winter’s blast.

Garden chrysanthemums are a favorite fall perennial that most people would not hesitate to include in their autumn garden beds. The colors available are striking when planted in perennial beds. Caring for garden mums is easy as the plants tolerate drought well and are inherently adaptable at resisting bugs and disease. In planting garden chrysanthemums, one should choose a location that is in full sun and is well-drained with moist soil. Dig a hole approximately 1.5 times the plant size and add compost or other organic matter. After filling in the hole, be certain to compress the soil down to eliminate air cavities. Spring-planted mums should be fertilized monthly through July; after that, over-fertilization will retard late-season growth. Mums planted in the fall do not require fertilization. To avoid tall, leggy plants with few blooms, start removing all shoots every three weeks until late June. This process is called ‘pinching’ and includes the growing ‘tip’ and first set of leaves.

No pinching after June or the flower formation will be hampered. Finally, to savor the success of your fall season chrysanthemums, and anticipate that they will reappear as gloriously the following year, winterize your mums. Garden mums, though hardy, have a shallow root system and are affected by repeated freezing/thawing changes. To avoid damage, add mulch in late November or early December when the ground surface freezes. Without proper mulching, the roots freeze and raise the mum out of the ground. If this occurs, just step on the plant and shove it back into the ground. Also, shun fall pruning as the old foliage left behind will enable your mums to have a better chance of winter survival. Florist mums purchased in grocery stores and floral shops have few underground shoots and do not usually survive winter’s blast.

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