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 it comes to mums, what should you really be looking for?
Do you seek instant gratification, only to have those good vibes disappear after a few weeks? Or are you in it for the long haul, seeking a long-blooming, hardy plant that will thrive through the end of the season?
It’s eerie, sometimes, how time flies and that is especially true when considering that the annual McAdam Pumpkin Party is almost here once again.
On Saturday, October 24th, the McAdam Nursery & Garden Center at 2001 Des Plaines Ave. in Forest Park will provide a variety of fun activities, free treats and more for the entire family.