Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall mums on clearance at Lowe's

We stopped by Lowe's in Lincoln, NE last night to buy a Bloodgood Japanese Maple that was 50% off. I was shocked to find lots of fall mums on clearance too (especially this early in the season)!

They have regular priced mums, sale mums, and what I purchased were the clearance mums with yellow stickers. They had clearance mums in all different sizes and colors.

Our cart

These were all $2.00





Most of these were on clearance for $7.50. Similar ones at Menards and Home Depot were at least $15.



I bought an 8" mum from Menards last week for $2.88 which I thought was a decent deal, but these Lowe's mums are bigger and priced better. The selection blows Menards out of the water too - although maybe Menards has restocked by now. We also stopped by Home Depot last night to get studs for our basement (I'm telling ya, we live at these places!) and their prices were also higher than Lowe's on mums.

A lot of people leave mums in pots, but try to plant them in the ground at the end of the season before the first hard frost. They should come back every year! Fall planting does lessen their chance of survival though since they don't have as much time to establish a good root system. Here is a good article that explains another way to go about this process. To make them nice and thick, follow these directions:

Late winter - cut dead stems to the ground
Midspring - shear plants down to 8 inches (when they fill out with leaves and flowerbuds)
Around 4th of July - prune and shape by pinching off soft green stem tips

By autumn they should be gorgeous!

Look at this monstrosity I found in the garden last night! (Actually it's gotten too big and is no longer good.)

Have an awesome day!

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