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Old July 24, 2018   #91
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That is too bad. Yes around me the largest grower already has been done planting all their pots and they have been out there growing for at least a couple of weeks. So counting back, including shipping time and planting time, they must have ordered them at least 3-4 weeks ago. They plant over 1000 pots each year from plugs.
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Old July 24, 2018   #92
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Well, darn.
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Old July 24, 2018   #93
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I was looking at North Carolina farms and I see yoders asst. variety is available according to the site tonight. they had https://ncfarmsinc.com/rooted-plugs/...t-Mum-Assorted this available. check on it.
asters are a Fall pot flower too.
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Old July 25, 2018   #94
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Thanks for the heads up! I had given up on those, because the ship date was two days ago. It took all day, and I think I talked to every employee they have, but they still had them and 400 pot mums are being packed for me right now and going out today.

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Old July 25, 2018   #95
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Awesome! glad you found some.
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Old July 25, 2018   #96
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I just returned from a trip to my local big box retailer. They had a big bench of mums out in their garden center already for a very attractive price...and most of them I saw were infested with spider mites. The bench was one giant web.
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Old July 26, 2018   #97
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Good call, Carolyn, and glad you got the mums, Cole. Some of those pictures look so pretty. Love the white ones and the ones just touched with purple.
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Old July 30, 2018   #98
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It's Mumapalooza 2018 - The year that went entirely to pot.

Everyone is at least out of the plug trays and transplanted into either a trade gallon or a 4" sheet pot.
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Those look very good and healthy, too! Best of luck and hope they all do well and sell high, LOL!!
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Old August 22, 2018   #100
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I am already battling aphids again. They seem to love mums
I sprayed spinosad last night, then read today that it doesnt really work on aphids. I ordered neem oil, which will arrive in about a week. Tonight they got a spray of DE, permethrin, and dawn. I looked up the chemical route and it is neonicotinoids, which are supposed to be toxic to bees. I have a bee hive next to the greenhouse, so I am reluctant to use them.
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Old August 23, 2018   #101
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get some ladybugs.
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Old August 23, 2018   #102
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get some ladybugs.
I'd have to give up the DE and other spray options, right?
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well, actually the lady bugs will clean up the mums in no time at all. I put one lady bug on my petunia planter and that was about three days ago... today I see hardly any aphids on it. I read the other day one lady bug per aphid colony... go scout for a few of them and put them on the plants. you will be amazed at how fast the lady bugs clean them up. I couldn't get ahead of the aphids on my pansies a few years ago and went to get ladybugs... the aphids were gone in a few days.
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well, actually the lady bugs will clean up the mums in no time at all. I put one lady bug on my petunia planter and that was about three days ago... today I see hardly any aphids on it. I read the other day one lady bug per aphid colony... go scout for a few of them and put them on the plants. you will be amazed at how fast the lady bugs clean them up. I couldn't get ahead of the aphids on my pansies a few years ago and went to get ladybugs... the aphids were gone in a few days.
I get a lot of the Asian Lady beetles in the fall. From what I read, they should do the same trick as the red ones.

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I just picked up some Neem Oil at Lowes, as well.
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I am not a fan of neem oil. I just don't see any benefit in it. it appears to me that they use it like a bath. you need to add insecticidal soap to it, too.
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