Be patient dear friend. We’ve had a lot of people asking us about why their perennials aren’t coming up yet. Though we are TOTALLY ready for the nice weather after this long winter, our plants are not! With a winter as harsh as we had this past year your perennials are going to stay dormant for a while longer then they normally do. So be patient, and give your plants time to emerge before pulling them out!
Mums can be tricky little plants, though they are stunning well into the cold weather they don’t particularly love the cold. We have a lot of people whom have come in and said the unfortunate five words, “My mums didn’t come back!”
So with a few tips your mums will come back year after year and be beautiful!
For the following spring :
Take away the dead growth from the previous season, also once your mum gets to be about 4-6 inches you should go through weekly and pinch back the shoots by about half the length. This will encourage the plant to bush out. By doing this from spring into the first weeks of July you will have a “fresh from the greenhouse” looking mum!
Having good watering habits is a key part to growing a thriving plant. When it is hot out, by all means your basket or pot might need watered twice in a day; however just because it is summer doesn’t mean it will need that everyday!
On days that are overcast or slightly cooler then your typical summer day check your plants before watering, look for weight and moisture in the soil. By giving your plant a drink when it isn’t needed you can actually cause more damage.
Also remember to water the soil not the foliage- the leaves aren’t whats thirsty, it’s the roots!