My Mum

vera_eastern_wa(5a-5b)November 14, 2006

When will this ever go dormant and how do I know it's dormant? The petals are just now falling away and the leaves are still think and turgid. The overnight temps have been anywhere between 29-33. I assume I will have to wait until the whole plant dies back (or do they?) before I put it to bed in the storage unit. I plan on burying the pot and all in a bag of leaves until spring when I can plant it.

Thanks,

Vera

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webkat5(Z6a MO)

Mine are putting on new growth near the base...it takes a very hard freeze for an extended period to knock mums into true dormancy.

Is there a reason you don't want to plant it now? It is a hardy variety? Of course, I have ones that are not supposed to be hardy come back.

I have always planted mums in late fall, mulched them in well (they like lots of mulch, but not if it has just rained...wait until the ground if fairly dry to mulch) and then there they were in the spring.

If you are nervous about that, you can save a piece to root indoors.

    Bookmark   November 15, 2006 at 7:33AM
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vera_eastern_wa(5a-5b)

I'm not planting it until spring because its to late to plant perennials. They should be planted at least 6 weeks before the first frost. We will be getting good hard consistent freezes within a week or two.

Vera

    Bookmark   November 16, 2006 at 5:10PM
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