One of the joys of horticulture is nurturing growth that lasts—those long-blooming, hardy plants that thrive through the end of the season.
At first glance, you may consider mums at big-box stores as the quintessential example of this sustained beauty. However, it’s only a matter of (just a little) time before you discover that what is in bloom now is sure to wilt and become brown. The reason this occurs is that these mums were likely grown in warm greenhouses to flush leaf growth and then chilled to force blooms to set earlier than is natural.
When’s the best time to purchase your mums? It is during the budding stage—just as they are starting to show color to maximize the blooming time. From there, you will have plenty of time to enjoy them flourish. Good news for McAdam shoppers: Our mums are budding right now!
At our Nursery and Garden Center, mums are in stock, with two-gallon Mums priced at $9.99. Questions? Call us at 708-771-2299 or swing by from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
This installment of "Ask the Plant Expert" will be published in the September 18, 2019 edition of the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest, the Forest Park Review and the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.