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Keith Farrand

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Mum Care Planting & Tips

Keith @ Friday, August 1, 2008

Our Mums are on the Grow. Here are some helpful tips to help you in your Mum Care and Planting.

Fall Mum Care Planting & Tips

Planting--The best time to plant is between September 1 and November 1. It always helps to amend the soil with organic matter.

Fertilize--Use a general purpose fertilizer, such as Miracle Grow, to water in at planting time, then fertilize every 2 weeks into November.

Water--Keep well watered for the first 3 weeks after planting (use clear water when not fertilizing), then continue to water into late fall. This will greatly increase your success rate. Mums continue to need water in the winter. If there is no rain or significant snow, water once a month as long as the temperature is above freezing.

Mulch--It is important to apply a 2-3" layer of mulch (cypress, cedar, etc.) at planting time. This will help keep the soil moist, suppress weeds and offer much needed winter protection. More mulch (dry leaves, straw, etc.) can be added over the crown after the tops die back.

Care--In early Fall remove excess mulch from the crown. Trim back dead growth to 2 inches. As with other perennials, mums need 1" of water per week throughout the growing season. Fertilize every 2 weeks.

Pinching--Between June 20 and July 1, cut the plant back by taking off half the green foliage. This can be done with clean scissors or hedge clippers. Fall flowering will be delayed if you pinch after July 1.

Pests--Watch for aphids and spider mites. Treat with insecticidal soap.