Punta Gorda, Fl
|I PLANTED SEVERAL COLORS OF MUMS LATE LAST SPRING. NOT ONE OF THEM HAVE SURVIVED. THIS HAS HAPPENED MANY, MANY TIMES. WHAT'S MY PROBLEM?
|Answer from NGA
March 14, 2009
|Chrysanthemums grow wonderfully well in cool climates but do not fare well in Florida because of the heat. Morning sun and afternoon shade seem to be best for long-term plantings -- the Florida sun is just too hot for good growth. Some gardeners seem to find just the right spot for mums and they live for a year or more giving frequent color displays. But most of us are not as lucky, and we use them as we would annuals for short-term garden or container plantings. It's not anything that you're doing wrong when your mums last only a few months - it's the heat. Just consider them annuals and enjoy them while you can!
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