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Mums won't bloom!

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

All I can think is it's the container. I have always gotten them to grow in the ground just fine. I put these in a galvanized pot with holes drilled through the bottom. Used Miracle Grow potting mix and fertilized with bone meal. I dead headed, and there are green buds but they won't bloom and the plants won't grow. What's up?! Jamie

Ellicott City, MD(Zone 7a)

When did you "dead head" them??? Rule of thumb....don't cut back Mums after July 4th or you will sacrifice their blooms. They also need to be growing in full sun. Keepin' my fingers crossed for you next year!

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

Sorry Shirley- I wasn't clear. I just planted them a few weeks ago in this container so they are brand new plants. By dead head I just mean I pulled off the fading blooms- I didn't cut them down or anything. Now there they sit with buds that will NOT open. :(

Ellicott City, MD(Zone 7a)

Hmm, they are in full sun, right? Maybe since you are in a warmer zone than me, they will bloom in late October/early November....fingers & toes crossed!

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

Oh, based on everyone elses, the should be blooming. Though my friend has a few big, older mums in the ground that come up each year and hers are not blooming yet. These were in bloom when I bought them, then as those blooms faded I just pinched them off. This is what I have always done and had no problems with new blooms coming up. Maybe it's because of all the rain we have been getting... I just don't know! But yep, they are in full sun. :)

Deep South Texas, TX(Zone 9a)

I have multiple pots of mums as well as some in the ground and although they all had buds for several weeks only one has started to bloom.

I also have several new pots of mums that I recently dead headed and they are starting to form new buds.

I thought they needed some extended cool snaps to make them want to bloom....

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

Maybe that's it. Glad to know it isn't just me! Guess we'll wait and see what happens. It's been an odd year anyway with this weather!

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