For Long-Term Flourishing, Our Mums Are the Word

Sep. 16th, 2019 by W Scott McAdam Jr.

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. 

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