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Will the summer heat and dry weather affect your Mums?

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Even with our recent rainfall we remain in a drought. And, that could impact some popular fall flowers. WGEM has already reported about farmers closely watching their crops for heat stress, but what about your fall flowers?

Dan Frericks, one of the owners at Frericks Gardens in Quincy says it's better to have the cooler temperatures now, so when the mums open up they'll last quite a bit longer.

But, don't be tempted to bring them inside. Hardy mums are strictly bred for the outdoors, so they won't last as long inside.

"So they will not do well inside for very long. They might look good for a week to ten days but then they'll start going down hill. But outside you can plant them anywhere where it's getting at least five, six hours of sun. And that's really all the requirements," said Frericks.

Frericks also says high heat in late July and early August can delay the mum's flowering. And since rainfall is scarce right now, you can water the mums yourself. Just be sure you don't soak the foliage, because that can lead to disease.



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