The Q&A Archives: Mums get tall and lanky, little blooms

Question: We are located in the Dallas, Texas area and are frustrated in our attempts to grow Mums. They just get tall and lanky with little blooms. We have black gumbo clay, but have tried to use soil ammendments to improve it a little. We also use Miracle Gro fertilizer on a regular basis.

Answer: Mum growing refreshers: 1) Plant in full sun (afternoon shade in hottest climates). 2) Plant in well-drained soil amended with lots of organic material. 3) Use an organic fertilizer at planting time (have a soil test done before planting to feed appropriately). 4) Don't plant near large trees or shrubs. 5) Water deeply at intervals determined by your soil type. 6) Feed plants 2 or 3 times during the growing season. 7) Use a low-nitrogen fertilizer not less than 2 weeks before bloom. 8) Pinchfrequently. Nip off the tip of every shoot that reaches 5-6 inches long, about every 4 weeks. Usually until 4th of July. 9) To produce huge blooms, pinch out all flower buds but 1 or 2 in each cluster. Selection of varieties is also critical. Select varieties that you see blooming well in your area. Possibly even ask neighbors or friends (those that live nearby) for pieces of their favorite mums.

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