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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Sep 13, 2013 6:42 PM CST
Who loves mums? They are some of my favorites. Unfortunately, most of mine did not do well this year. But they seem to have survived. Hopefully they will return to glory next year.


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I've had this orange mum for several years. First time petals bloomed like this!


Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Sep 14, 2013 8:36 AM CST
Nobody loves mums? 😢
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Sep 14, 2013 3:38 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I do!!!!! Those are beautiful. Is that last one 'Mach Sticks!!! I have never gotten them to winter over here. I see your zone 6 so I'll try again. Every year about this time I wish there were several in my yard. Just beautiful.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Sep 14, 2013 3:54 PM CST
Julia, that last one is not Matchsticks. But I do have that one too!

I wonder why they don't over winter for you.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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Sep 14, 2013 7:37 PM CST

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Julia if you can find them in the Spring plant them then and you stand a much better chance of overwintering. I have had very few planted in the Fall come back, problem is hardy ones are hard to find in the Spring when mostly only florist mums can be found.
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Sep 15, 2013 9:33 AM CST
I will look in spring. I do plant them in the fall so that must be the problem.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Sep 15, 2013 9:43 AM CST
I have 'Cheerleader' Football mum and a NOID white. Really like them, but they don't seem to overwinter well, here. Plus, they don't seem to care for our Summers--especially as I don't give much supplemental water. Sticking tongue out Maybe next Spring I will go with Bob's suggestion and see if I have better success.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Sep 15, 2013 10:09 AM CST
Mums are a dime a dozen here and sell mostly in October. People like to decorate with them at Halloween, I got tired of mums because they get big so fast and only bloom one or two weeks out of the year. They bud in May or June but you must whack them off by a third (I believe) so they will come back and bloom in the fall. One year I did not prune mine and they were three feet high and wide and fell over and made a big mess. Great if you have a big yard and like cut flowers. LOL.

I would like to try the Match Stick Mums, they are so cool. Green Grin!

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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Sep 15, 2013 12:27 PM CST
I have been looking at them for awhile, too, Susan. Might try some next year.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Sep 15, 2013 1:12 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up
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chelle
Sep 15, 2013 2:10 PM CST
I love mums! Spoon-quill is my favorite type, and I've had several crossed seedlings turn out this way. Hurray!

I usually only get around to buying new plants just before bloom time, and I think those plants use most of their energy for that. So what I've done to get plants that will winter-over is to take cuttings when I bring them home, pinch off any buds, and stick them in the ground. The new starts are the ones that are most likely to return in the spring. Smiling
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 15, 2013 3:28 PM CST
will give that a try. thanks. Smiling
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Sep 15, 2013 3:35 PM CST
So bright and colorful. Thumbs up
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Sep 15, 2013 3:42 PM CST
I got most of my mums from my mum Hilarious! or from Bluestone Perennials. I do always buy some in the fall locally. Some of them have overwintered. They are the least likey to.

Many years I will cage my mums to keep them from flopping all over.

These are from 2010 before I moved to my most recent house. I try to cage them when they are little. Then you can't even see the cages!

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 15, 2013 3:49 PM CST
beautiful flowers. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Sep 15, 2013 4:10 PM CST
I think Bluestone will ship mums in the spring. Another thing, you CANNOT cut back the stems on mums until spring or you lessen their chance of surviving. I know, if you like everything neat and tidy it will kill you to do this, but believe me, it makes a difference

Bluestone has the spoon and matchstick mums.

Also, breeders are breeding the perennial out of mums so if you can find someone who has had mums for a long time and get some shoots from them you may have a better chance.

We used to drive up from Maryland's Eastern Shore to Lancaster, PA and there are a lot of Amish farms along the way that sell mums and we'd always stop and get some.

Sadly, my mums have not been taken care of here. They are still alive but I won't get many blooms this year. Well, maybe I will, I just won't be able to see them for all the grass! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Sep 15, 2013 4:15 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Sep 15, 2013 4:18 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing (Mums the word!)
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Sep 15, 2013 4:24 PM CST
Jen, if we have to we'll just get new mums from BS and start over!

I forgot to tell you, I got some seed mums this year. First time!

Susan, you should ask Jen if she can find a picture of how she "cages" her mums early spring. Tacky! her brother makes fun of her but come fall, her mums don't split and fall over, as you can see by her picture.

Jennifer always has the most beautiful mums!
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Sep 15, 2013 4:25 PM CST
jvdubb said:I got most of my mums from my mum Hilarious! or from Bluestone Perennials. I do always buy some in the fall locally. Some of them have overwintered. They are the least likey to.

Many years I will cage my mums to keep them from flopping all over.

These are from 2010 before I moved to my most recent house. I try to cage them when they are little. Then you can't even see the cages!

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That is an amazing display Jennifer!! I see no cage whatsoever! Is that in your front yard?
Susan

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