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Name: Paula Willett
Tulsa, OK
May 31, 2017 11:50 PM CST
I bought some mums at the end of the season last year and they didn't do well in their pots. I decided to go ahead and put them in the ground and see what happens. I covered them with straw and was surprised to see that all were peeking their little heads out in early spring. I uncovered them and now a couple of them actually have buds on them and look like they may bloom. I have never had mums bloom this early, or even get buds this early. Could it be because we had such a mild winter and then since Feb. it has been a roller-coaster of warm vs cool/cold days? Will blooming now mean there will be no blooms in the fall? That would sure blow my plans for multi-seasonal flowering.

Thanks for your help.
Name: Sharon Rose
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Jun 1, 2017 7:36 AM CST
If you bought garden mums, they can bloom twice a year. Here they bloom in the spring. I do a light top cutting or heavy dead head around July 1, and they bloom again in the fall. One is just finishing, one is blooming, and two have buds. I have florist mum's in the ground and they only bloom once a year in the fall. They have longer petals. The two garden mum's that have not even started opening their blooms yet are behind. Because this has never happened before not sure what those will do this fall.
But the other two should easily bloom in the fall.
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Jun 1, 2017 10:00 AM CST
Not the OP, but thanks, Sharon, for the info. My mums are doing the same and now I know to give them a good "hair cut" come July so hopefully more blooms in the fall I tip my hat to you.
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Jun 1, 2017 12:52 PM CST
I have had a few blooms on mine for several weeks. Very unusual here.
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Jun 1, 2017 12:54 PM CST
Mine have been blooming for 6 weeks.
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Name: Paula Willett
Tulsa, OK
Jun 1, 2017 10:25 PM CST
Thanks everybody. I have never had this happen before and now I know it is because of the types of mums I have grown in the past.
Altheabyanothername, thanks for reminding me about pruning in July. I have always had a problem with mine getting too tall and falling over, breaking the stems. Last year I read about trimming them back; only I found out too late and cut them way too much, resulting in no flowers at all. All but one survived and hopefully they will bloom this fall. The ones that are blooming now are a different batch. I guess I will sit back and enjoy the extra colors in my garden.

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