“I am so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
You know it is autumn when mums replace geranimums on porches. It has been a hot fall in the Shenandoah Valley, but it now seems that temperatures have leveled off. We love driving around and seeing pumpkins on porches with straw scarecrows lazily perched on steps. Roadside stands offer apples in every variety alongside a multi-color selection of mum plants. These plants make us wistful for Thanksgiving; it’s coming! Here are suggestions for making certain that your mums last until we gather togther:
- Buy plants with unopened buds. It is tempting to purchase a flowering mum because of its immediate beauty. You don’t know how long a plant has been like that; you want your mums to last as long as possible. The above picture illustrates the tightly bound bud; you can also see how the flowering plant looks.
- Re-pot after purchasing. Mums are root bound plants; this means that the roots have taken up the majority of the pot. By replanting right away, you will add much needed soil and nutrients.
- Let the sunshine in! Mums may be fall flowers but they love summertime sun. Make certain your plans get at least four hours of sun a day.
Enjoy the crispness of the weather and the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. Compliment the annual blaze of leaf color by adding a mum to your home’s decor.
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