mums

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by hewitt64, Aug 13, 2002.

  1. hewitt64

    hewitt64 LawnSite Member
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    Do you think now is a good time to plant mums? this customers wants them planted . In planting beds.
     
  2. Lawn Wizard

    Lawn Wizard LawnSite Member
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    Well I noticed at the nursery they were advertising fall mums so I would guess so :)
     
  3. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is the time that mums are sold. The idea is to have fall flower color as the other flowers start to decline.
     
  4. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    This is a good question and one that I have wondered about.
    If you do any research on the net, you will find that recommended planting time is in the spring or as late as July.
    How come fall is not listed as a suitable planting time?
    That is when most of the mums seem to be sold. At least around here that's when I see the mums in the greenhouses.

    http://www.mums.org/journal/articles/what_when.htm
    http://www.kingsmums.com/

    Now myself, I have planted mums always in the fall. (I usually buy a few for my front porch and plant them in few large planting containers. Then when the blooms begin to die I will put them in the ground sometime in October. :eek:
    And I have gotten good results each time. My mums are thriving in our back yard now, and they were planted in the fall. They seem to be a very hardy plant. After the blooms were done, I planted them, cut them down, and covered them over with a mixture of leaves and grass to try and protect them. They came back very well, so I will continue to plant them like I usually do. I plan on adding more to our landscape this year.
     
  5. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
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    Called my grower and he's already sold through his first batch of mums and his second batch will be opening in 10 to 14 days from now. We'll be planting some in the next two weeks, though our major push for mums comes in mid September when we take out the summer annuals and put in the mums.
     

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