Mums 101

Chrysanthemums, also known as mums, are a popular fall flower that come in a variety of colors and sizes. They are relatively easy to care for, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that they thrive.

Here are some tips on how to care for chrysanthemums:

  • Choose a sunny spot. Chrysanthemums need full sun to bloom their best.
  • Plant them in well-draining soil. Chrysanthemums are susceptible to root rot, so it is important to plant them in soil that drains well.
  • Water regularly. Chrysanthemums need to be watered regularly, especially during hot weather.
  • Fertilize every few weeks. Fertilize chrysanthemums every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Deadhead regularly. Deadheading is the process of removing spent blooms. This will encourage the plant to produce more blooms.
  • Protect from frost. Chrysanthemums are not cold-hardy, so they should be protected from frost in the winter.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your chrysanthemums thrive and bloom beautifully.

Here are some additional tips for caring for chrysanthemums:

  • If you are planting chrysanthemums in the ground, make sure to dig the hole twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep.
  • Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter before planting.
  • Mulch around the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  • Watch for pests and diseases, such as aphids, spider mites, and powdery mildew. Treat any problems promptly.

With proper care, chrysanthemums can be a beautiful addition to your garden.