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Fall Displays of Mums

Fall color is best depicted through garden mums. It is time to say good-bye to our summer perennials and annuals and say hello to a different palette. Chrysanthemums are hardy and come in a variety of bloom shapes and colors. They provide that wonderful transition to the winter garden. Their bloom time occurs during October into November.   

At the Memphis Zoo, we have several Fall Displays to provide your family a wealth of photo opportunities. There is a mum bed tucked in between our Gift Shop and Education Buildings. This is its second season of display. With pumpkins rolling around in the bed, it is made for Fall. At the end of the Plaza, you will find hay bales with mums, some winter greens, corn stalks, and gourds. There is plenty of room to squeeze the family in so you can take pictures to share with friends.    

By the Giraffe Feeding deck, is another Fall Display with room for the neighborhood to sit. We added crotons to fill in the back with corn stalks, mums, pumpkins and gourds.   After our Fall Display is over, we do re-use our mums in perennial beds. We created a new mum bed by the Nile River at the end of our Plaza. We will be adding more mums to this bed to fill in. We’ll also be using them in the China exhibit areas.   

To get that beautiful tight amount of mum color, you will have to pinch the top growth every 5 weeks. That will create a lot of branching which will produce the tight crop of color. It is very labor intensive but impressive. We trim back the plants to about three to four inches above the soil line. Add a one inch layer of compost around the plant material, not smothering the plants. Then add ironite to each plant, one tablespoon per plant. That keeps the plant glowing green all year.   

 Enjoy your next visit to the Memphis Zoo Fall Display.

Posted by Zoo Info at 2:37 PM

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