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
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!
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. :(
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. :)