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Mari-Mums and Salvia


Well, you know some of these annual plants that we planted early in the spring have kind of played out. This is annual Salvia that you are looking at here and of course you see that the bloom spikes are pulled. Where there used to be blooms aren't anymore because of the hot weather and they've just kind of play out.

You don't need to throw these plants away, these annuals that you planted this spring, especially this annual salvia. All you have to do is cut them back, cut these spikes off, and plant one of the prettiest blooming annuals that you can plant at this time of the year that will bloom beautifully in October and that's the mari-mum.

We've been talking about mari-mums here for several years now and of course some of you have learned to love them, especially if you have a full sun location or if you have an ugly flowerbed. The neat thing about them is they help control nematodes in the garden. If you plant them now pretty thick and leave them there for a couple of months they will take care of the nematodes and beautify your garden as well.

Intro-plant the mari-mums, fertilize, and then about the time the mari-mums begin to bloom in October, low and behold, these things will reinitiate new spikes and they'll be pretty too. So you can get re-bloom from your spring planted annuals as well as plant one of the most beautiful fall blooming annuals that you can think about, the mari-mum. Now is the time to do it.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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