Using Mum FeED for your Garden Mum Crop and other Summer Iron Loving plants
Jack's Mum Feed is a specialty fertilizer designed for optimum nutrition of potted and garden mum crops. These plant materials are often grown outside and can be highly influenced by the seasonal weather patterns. Jack's Mum FeED is exclusively formulated to help maintain optimum nutritional conditions in the plant root zone through the varying crop stages and environmental factors.
Remember when fertilizing mums, they are the opposite of what you think for most other horticulture crops. You should be feeding heaviest at the start of the production cycle.
Approximate fertilizer rates for Jack's 22-5-16 are as follows. Our experience at JR PETERS suggests to feed at each irrigation, the concept of Constant Liquid Feed (CLF).
At beginning of production cycle, CLF rate of 250-300 ppm. These rates will slightly decrease in 4 weeks to 200-250 ppm and then again in six more weeks to 150ppm. You may also want to alternate a classic finisher formula like our Pot Mum Finisher 15-10-30 or our Jack's K-trate 14-5-38. Both formulas are higher in Potassium (K) to give plants some strength and sturdiness for flower finish and shipping.
Make sure you are feeding your plants using drip emitters or careful hand watering. Early to mid-summer can have very hot days and high light levels. When plants are grown in dark containers and black plastic, the temperature in the root zone can soar! Avoid mid-day fertilizer application, especially if you tend to foliar feed more than root zone drench.
If you are also adding a long-lasting fertilizer to the mix, like a controlled-release brand, be conservative in your rates. Once you add these products to the mix, they can only be removed through irrigation, and by that time the damage will already be done. Growers will have more control over the availability of the fertilizer by delivering a constant liquid feed application of our Jack’s Mum FeED.
The iron chelate package combined with the higher % of nitrogen are designed to maintain the optimum nutrient balance in the root zone as well as let you use less overall fertilizer. The result is less work on your part and a beautiful looking, uniform and consistently flowering garden mum crop.