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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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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • It's not much fun - that's why you avoided doing it last fall - but it pays to remove garden debris that can harbor insects and diseases to attack this years garden. Run leaves, sticks and plant stems through a shredder and add to the compost pile. If the pile heats up well (as much as 170 degrees), most of the insects, weeds and diseases should be eliminated.

    If you don't compost, use debris as mulch on unrelated plants. For example, don't put tomato debris back around tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes. It should be fine around bushes.

    You don't even need a grinder. Simply rake plant debris into rows and run a mulching lawn mower over it several times. This is also a great way to recycle leaves into the landscape as mulch.