Monthly Archives: October 2015

Fall Mums – Part 3 – 10/30/15

I know I am riding this horse way too long, but I have been ever so thrilled with the way the mums have flourished this season. One key is making sure they have sufficient root room and another is keeping them proper;ly nourished. I am very happy with the result and promise this will be the last set of photos I share. We keep the tags to all our mums so we know what we want to grown next year and I definitely will try the yellow variety again.

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Posted as part of the Floral Friday Fotos weekly.


Our 2015 Mandevilla Experience

During the time as a greenhouse business owner, we had the occasion to try out many new varieties. You can rely¬†on the customer’s experience to dictate how you stock for the next season, but you may not see the customer after they buy a product until the next growing season and in many cases you either need significant lead time to order or grow something to the point of being ready to sell.

One of the great surprises we experienced when taking a simple photo from a greenhouse plant catalog was the Mandevilla. This tropical plant has the most gorgeous blooms. We have had them every years since first trying then in the greenhouse around 2003. This year we bought two, one pink and one red. The pink did not do well, I think due to the location we chose. The red however, well, pictures tell a better story.

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We live in the Appalachian Mountain chain, near the portion that runs along the Virginia/North Carolina border, so our temperature has already began to drop into the low 30’s and High 20’s. Since this plant will not survive the freezing temperatures, we brought it inside and gave it a trim.


The expectation is that we can water the remainder and keep it through the winter and then stick it in our greenhouse about March and watch it return to glory.

Fall Mums – Part 2 – 10/16/15

This is a follow up to my Floral Friday Foto post of last week. I took some photographs back in late September of some fall mums in our front window boxes and two large pots outside my wife’s home-based hair salon. The photos this week show the mums nearing their peak. I have been regularly applying bloom boosting fertilizer to get the maximum display.¬†Notice the rich green color of the foliage.

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Fall Mums – Part 1 – 10-9-15

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fall mums. I used to won a greenhouse business and would grow as many as 2,000 of these beauties for sale to my customers. As an experienced grower, I have developed a critical eye for the ones that will shape up the best as the blooming cycle begins and completes. These mums are in our west-facing window boxes and outside my wife’s hair salon in pots.

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These photos were taken in late September. I will take more photos today and post them next Friday to update the progress of the blooms.