I was freaking out about my mums the past few days. This was the first year I actually bought mums which is really ridiculous since they are "the flower" of fall and I love mums and fall.
Well, maybe its not that ridiculous since I hate plants. I have had a few in my life so I think I am a fair judge of them and just how demanding they can be. Needing sunlight, but not too much. Needing water, but not too much.
The watering was always my downfall. I tend to overdo things to a fault, so if some water is good, isn't more water better? I think every single plant I have ever owned was fatally over watered at some point.
So this time, I was determined to get it right. I bought this beautiful yellow potted mum from Home Depot on 8/31/12 or 9/1/12.
I took this picture about 9/21/12. Looking pretty darn good for me owning it for 3 weeks, right?
Well about a week ago, I started noticing some wilting and browning. No way was I going to let this plant die. I set it outside in the sun because I thought maybe it wasn't getting enough sun. Nope, it looked even worse after 3 hours outside. I thought maybe it needed sun but it was too cold outside. So I set it in a windowsill. Nope, still looks terrible. I paid extra close attention to how damp the soil was and was very careful not to over water it. I even read the little card it came with to ensure I was caring for it properly.
This is far more than I have ever done for any other plant in my life...and it still looks like this.
Clearly, it is dying. So I did some Google research and found out that this is pretty normal for this particular store-bought mum. Apparently there is a certain life cycle and it is near over.
I gave up tonight and moved it into the garage. I just can't stomach looking at it anymore, it is too depressing. I just keep thinking I did something terribly wrong to this plant. I think I am done with plants for life.