Mums - Knowledgebase Question

Forest Park, IL
Question by jessica_swan
May 21, 2007
I recently got a mum and after not watering it enough I started watering two times a day, but the soil is moist and now some of the flowers are droopy and brown looking. How much should I water my mum?


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Answer from NGA
May 21, 2007

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Sounds as though the water stress shortened the life of the flowers. I'd prune off the droopy flowers. Pruning will encourage your plant to develop more flowers - this time they should be healthy and remain for several weeks. Mums appreciate a deep soaking once or twice a week, depending upon weather. Watering every day will keep the soil too moist and will drive out all the oxygen - roots need to breathe! So, water when the top inch of soil dries out and water thoroughly so the entire rootmass gets wet. Then wait until the top inch of soil dries out before watering again.

Best wishes with your mums!

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