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Burpee’s Mammoth Mums

Chrysanthemums (Mums) are the showcase of every fall garden. Over the last 10 years there has been a decline of mums planted in the garden. Gardeners are buying potted mums and using them as potted plants as a component in a fall display with bales of hay, dried corn stalks and pumpkins. Display mums are not necessarily good garden performers.

The Mammoth mums are exceptional garden performers. Once planted, they will bloom dependably for many years; they will be the fall display in your garden. The difference in the Mammoth Mums from others are that they are huge, growing 2-3’ high with a spread of at least 4’. Mammoth Mums are very hardy. They grow well as far north as zone 3, but grow extremely well in the south. Many mums require pinching, they go into flower too early, but not the Mammoth Mums. They grow very compact and tight, with hundreds of stunning, colorful flowers per plant.

Mums are perfect in the perennial garden or used as background plants in your annual garden. As your annuals begin to decline, the Mammoth Mums begin their fall and early winter show. Planting mums in the fall was a technique used by gardeners of past, and it’s a grand tradition that needs to be continued for the overall improvement in your garden.

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  • Potting healthy plants in dirty containers invites disease pathogens. Scrub used pots inside and outside with a soft brush using a solution of mild dish washing detergent and warm water. Place small plastic pots on the top shelf of the dishwasher for an even more thorough cleaning. Remove the crusty residues from fertilizer salts by wetting them with vinegar and scrubbing with a stiff brush.

    To clean stained and moldy terra-cotta pots simply soak them in a solution of 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water for a few minutes. Air-dry and rinse in clean water.
    To clean pots containing plants, cover the plant with a paper or plastic bag. Spray the bleach solution on outer pot surfaces rather than dipping it. Allow to dry and then rinse. Scrub stubborn spots gently with a vegetable brush while rinsing.