Mum’s are the quintessential fall flower in my opinion. Not only are they full of beautiful autumn tones, but they grow perfect this time of year too! I participated in a weekly fall mum sale while I was taking horticulture in college and they always sold out each week. We grew all types and colors that people absolutely adored.
I know people who cannot grow mum’s to save their lives, and I know others who can grow them to perfection. I always have great luck with them, so I am sharing my tips to help you have pretty fall mums this season!
So, you bought a mum from the store now what?
Step 1: Always re pot into a larger pot with proper drainage.
The biggest problem with mums is their susceptibility to root rot. I have had more mums die from that over anything else. Rule of thumb, choose a pot that is at least a couple of inches wider in diameter.
Also, drainage is key with mums…make sure to add some rocks, pebbles or wood chips to the first few inches of your pot. Just like when I showed you this tutorial on How to Pot a Hibiscus Step by Step!
Mum’s love sun, but they need just the right amount to flourish. Mine do best in about 4 hours of direct light. In Texas, it is still hot and will be for awhile, so I keep it in morning light. If your area has already cooled down, it can be afternoon light as well.
So, a mum is that type of plant that needs water, but it is very easy to over water them. At the same time, the soil cannot get dry, or it will wilt the plant almost immediately. A happy medium is to lightly water soil almost everyday, keeping it damp, but not saturated. I always stick my finger down in the soil to feel if it is dry.
Step 4: Deadhead
I have mentioned deadheading before. If you are new to gardening, this basically means removing dead blooms. I like to pinch them off the minute they wilt. This helps the plant not use vital nutrients on a dead bloom. It will also promote new growth!
And that is it! The yellow orange mum you see in the pictures I have had for a few years and it keeps coming back in the same pot!
Tip for winter: You can bring these inside like you would other potted plants, but just make sure not to over water and keep them in the sunlight. I have kept mine outside even during the freezing weather and it just goes dormant, but to play it safe, definitely bring it inside.
Definitely get some mums for your porch this fall and follow my easiest guide for potted mums. They are so pretty and look great with pumpkins 🙂
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