Summer is in full swing, and so too are garden mums. Although generally an easy crop, there are several tweaks you can make to help save headaches and money.
This post has information to help you optimize your irrigation, fertilizer and pest management programs in garden mums.
This post was contributed to by Drs. Sarah Jandricic and Chevonne Dayboll.
Irrigation method matters
Given the large acreage often occupied by garden mums, your watering strategy is one place you can look to save money.
There are plenty of options for irrigation in potted outdoor crops, but not all are created equal when it comes to maximizing water efficiency. Overhead irrigation by boom, or sprinkler is not efficient if your pots are not spaced tightly. Canopy sizes in the later months of production may make this impossible, especially if you choose to go with final spacing when pots first move outside. These methods of irrigation can also lead to pots that are too dry (not watered) or too wet (over watered). Plants can only use water that makes it into the pot, so low volume drip line or tape is a more effective way to deliver usable water to your outdoor crops.