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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 12, 2016 9:25 AM CST
What mums are doing well for us PNWers? I don't have any planted other than garden mums I pick up at the grocery store to fill in holes. These rarely do much for me other than add a splash of color in late summer/fall. I never have them return in the spring. I do see some beautiful full mums over on the perennial forum, and am wondering what ones do well for us? Do you plant them out in the spring, or get them in bloom and then carry them over the winter? How/when do you prune them?
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Aug 12, 2016 9:47 AM CST
Good morning Deb, I do the same as you and would love to know as well. I did here some place that you need to buy in the spring so they get established before winter for them to survive winter.
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Name: Mary
Lake Stevens, WA (Zone 8a)
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Pistil
Aug 12, 2016 12:27 PM CST
I have never had any return either, and I tried them in both sand and clay. Granted, I have only tried about 6-8 cultivars....
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lauribob
Aug 12, 2016 12:28 PM CST
When I lived over on that side, I had some really nice mums that came back every year. No idea what type they were or anything else. I do remember that I had to cut them way back early in the year, like you do with the tall lanky asters, or they would flop.
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Aug 12, 2016 1:01 PM CST
Granted, I have only tried about 6-8 cultivars....[/quote]
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Only 6 or 8. I never think about them in the spring for planting. Bluestone perennials seems to have a great selection.

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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 12, 2016 2:32 PM CST
I'm also at a bit of a loss how one would allow the mums room to put on some bulk in the spring, when they are planted (for example) near a poppy that would overshadow them in the spring but the mum would sure be a good second string when the poppy disappears. How to manage that?
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