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Keeping Potted Mums Alive

By October 15, 2012

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fall container garden picture with birch bark covered container holding mums and wirevine

Mums and Wirevine in a Birchbark Covered Pot

Photograph Kerry Michaels

I went to a friend's house the other day and she had about eight pots of mums lining her walk. All were wilted and half dead. I could envision them clamping their limp branches to their throats, gasping for moisture. I felt I had to suggest that her plants were in desperate need of water.

That's the thing about mums. They are almost always thirsty because most are pretty root-bound. By the time they get to you, there isn't a lot of soil left in the pot to retain water.

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