Assalam o allaokum, I want to grow mums in pots for a carpet view, last year I succeeded in multiplying plants but only few plants survived the casualties. The result was quite rewarding. I need advice regarding; 1- my little plants keep producing off shoots, what to do 2- how to save plants from summer heat. 3- pesticides for white flies and aphids, their frequency.
They are multiplying rapidly.only fertilizer given is three granules dap fifteen days back
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Flowers were maroon double
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One of the last years crop, produces five branches full of flowers each.
1) When the blooming is finished, cut the plant near ground level 2) The plant will immediately start producing babies near its base 3) Use liquid fertilizer for them. Dissolve 1 teaspoon Urea in 5 litre and weekly give this solution to your plants. DAP should be given once every 2 months. 4) Purchase any general purpose pesticide and make the solution as per label. Spray every evening for 1 week. 5) Spray every 15 days even when you dont see any pests 6) Keep the off-shoots coming, when they are six inch long just cut them in half and use the cutting for new plants or discard, your choice 7) Keep them in full sun or semi shade, its up to you 8) For better results, you should prepare soil mix 30 days before planting i.e. on 31st July (Soil:Manure in 1:1 ratio, for every 12 inch pot add 1 teaspoon plaster-of-paris, keep it wet for 30 days) 9) Take cuttings from old plants on August 15th, they will be rooted and ready to transplant on 1st September. 10) Pinch the plants on 20th September, 10th October and 1st November. 11) Must support the plants which are above 18 inch in height, otherwise the bloom quality will be decreased
Its amazing how you explain things pointwise.. as per your advice i have cut down my mums to 1/3rd.. the plants are now becoming very messy and bushy at ground level.. one last question .. considering a small space for the terrace garden and not intending to multiply do i need to still plant my suckers and cuttings or these plants if kept in shade with regular watering and dap will survive the summers and bloom again?
thank you sir for your valuable advice, few spent plants are infested with aphids i ve started using confidor 20%. as per your advice i will spray daily for seven days. mohin sir, last year i filled a plastic container with empty tissue paper rolls hollow side up then filled the tub with soil and used for cuttings which was very successfull.