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Joined: 7/30/2008
Location: kentucky
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Posted: Aug/18/2008 6:27 PM PST

do mums come back every yaer if so what kind do i need to buy i live in ky
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Joined: 7/02/2007
Location: Connecticut
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Posted: Aug/18/2008 6:53 PM PST

I am in a planting zone of 5-6, so I think we have about the same conditions you probably do in Kentucky.

Some hardy mums come back every year. The thing is, they need time to establish deep root systems to survive the winter season. The ones that get planted in the fall do not have so much of an opportunity to establish themselves. If I have a very mild winter, the mums come back. If the winter is harsh, I tend to lose all the new ones and some of the old.

I noticed that White Flower Farm sold their mums early in the catalog so that they could have the time to establish roots.
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Joined: 3/28/2008
Location: Lancaster, SC
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Posted: Aug/19/2008 5:57 AM PST

I planted mine last year sort of late in the season, but they came back and bloomed already. I wasn't diligent about cutting them back early this summer. We did have a mild winter last year, though, so I guess it does depend on how well they are mulched.
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Joined: 7/02/2007
Location: Connecticut
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Posted: Aug/19/2008 5:57 PM PST

South Carolina is probably zone 7 or 8. Between that and a mild winter, I am not surprised they came back.
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Joined: 6/21/2008
Location: Indiana
Posts: 847
Posted: Aug/21/2008 10:24 PM PST

I've been seeing mums for sale already but was thinking it was too early and hot to plant them. Guess not. Better get some this weekend.
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Location: Connecticut
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Posted: Aug/22/2008 6:13 AM PST

I cannot recall what date you can plant the forced mums out without them burning. I believe it is sometime in the beginning of September.

Mums blossom when the daylight hours shorten. The ones blossoming in August are forced by covering the greenhouses to restrict their light time. So if you put those out in full sun conditions too soon, their blossoms go by quickly.

Does anyone know the date? My greenhouse guy used to tell me each year, but he closed.
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Joined: 3/17/2008
Location: SC
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Posted: Aug/22/2008 7:54 AM PST

In my zone 8 garden, mums use to bloom twice a year. I would get a good spring bloom then more in the fall. I dont have any now, but may get some of those pretty pink or red ones this year.
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Joined: 8/21/2008
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 13
Posted: Aug/27/2008 2:42 PM PST

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Originally posted by EvonneStoyteller
Some hardy mums come back every year. The thing is, they need time to establish deep root systems to survive the winter season.



I didn't know that! I had bought some and was going to wait and put them in when I took my gladiolus out. Thank you for great information. I also came with a question. Some of mine lost their color. They were purple and now they are white. My red and yellow ones have held their color but the purple ones are white with just speckles of purple. Why?
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Joined: 7/02/2007
Location: Connecticut
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Posted: Aug/27/2008 3:00 PM PST

I guess all the confusion is how they sell the mums in the fall. White Flower Farm sells the plants in the spring. You plant them in the spring, they grow all season, and they blossom in the fall! They have more established root systems from being planted all year.

Chances are that the plants that are being sold right now are forced mums. They are stimulated to blossom in light controlled environments. (Most likely by covering the greenhouse during certain hours.)
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