From late spring to mid-summer (about Jul… As these spring blooming flowers fade, the mums will fill in and hide their unattractive fading foliage. "Every time they grow five to six inches, pinch the tip of each shoot about two to three inches down the stem, just above the leaves," he advises. Karen Holcomb Karen Holcomb is a freelance writer who lives and works in Southwestern Ohio. After fall bloom is completed, allow the buds and foliage to die naturally. This attractive trait, along with the myriad of colors and forms of chrysanthemum flowers, enhances the popularity of this readily available plant. Thanks for sharing! LOL. As plants reach 4 to 6 inches in height, prune them back a few inches. Plant mums a minimum of 18 inches apart for small dwarf varieties and a maximum of 36 inches apart for the larger, more vigorous growing mum cultivars. Fertilize mums once a month in May, June and July. I have a mum on the porch that will get attention today. I thought mums bloomed not by temperature but by hours of sunlight. Pinching makes a bushy plant that will produce ample fall blossoms. They are best planted next to early bloomers. But kept in a partially shaded location, mums keep their blooms for … I'd rather receive a potted plant, such as mums, than cut flowers. Feed them especially during the vegetative growth period to prevent premature flowering. This is right before blooming season, so the flowers have time to branch off from the cut stems. Without pruning, mums planted in the landscape tend to develop “leggy” bloom stems. Keep em watered and a shot of fertilizer now and then will help the plant survive bringing you new flowers come spring! Pinch the very end. If the variety of mum is an early flower producer do not pinch in July or the new flower heads will be pinched. Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on March 06, 2015: Thanks for posting this. possibly set it on the southern edge of the homestead so it gets morning solar for the time of the winter. Cynthia Davis from Pittsburgh on May 24, 2013: I enjoy the beautiful colors of mums and of course, always get one for my mom. Peat moss, saw dust, bark chips or recycled plastic mulches are ideal. Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 01, 2015: My thumb is sort of a neutral color, Margaret. I don't have much gardening talent, but I do enjoy trying - and I love mums! I love this time of year when everything grows so well! Care must be taken to carefully pinch the plant's new shoots in May and June to avoid summertime legginess. Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 11, 2013: @AcornOakForest: Maybe this year you'll think to pick up a pot or two. Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 29, 2016: How sweet of your dad! Apply a basic granulated 5-10-10 or 5-20-20 fertilizer at a rate of 2 or 3 lbs. So, today, I was quite surprised that despite the neglect there were actually some rather wilted green leaves growing up from the bottom on both plants. So, if you read anything on this page that goes against what you already know to be true, forgive me and leave a comment to set me straight. I'd like to call myself a "lazy gardener," but that would be far too generous. What should I do with my mums now that it's spring? If you are using them as an annual pop of fall color, plant them when blooming in late summer or early fall. Water the fertilizer into the ground thoroughly. There's no shortage of chrysanthemum sales around here in the fall. I'm trying to get my Chris more interested in the gardening aspect of taking care of the lawn. To have a brilliant orange flower sitting in the middle of a pink or red themed bed would bother a lot of people. I know what you mean, however, because I have perennials planted so that there is some rhyme and reason to their bloom, and I do have a different palette blooming at each season of the year. Mums are planted in the spring for the ideal summer and fall flower production. How to Care for Mums After Blooming. Deadhead mums in late spring to mid summer. While the yellow, red, orange and rust colors of mums (Dendranthema x grandiflorum), also called chrysanthemums, are associated with fall, mums can bloom in spring. Here's how to grow chrysanthemums as either annuals or perennials, plus how much water and sun they need. She writes for numerous online publications. It's mid-April as I write this. All Rights Reserved. Their showy flowers appear in late summer and continue into the fall, creating dense mats of color. Do not fertilize after flower buds appear in late July because fertilizer will encourage the mum to produce more foliage instead of flowers. Plant mums in fertile, moist, well-drained soil, as the soil warms in the spring. We enjoyed their beautiful coral color every single day. My old ones went straight to the garbage and I will look forward to buying new ones. Maria Burgess from Las Vegas, Nevada on May 09, 2013: I love mums but I don't have room for them at this time. Apply the fertilizer solution once each month during the growing season for the best results, using it instead of a regular watering. Pull weeds around mums as they appear so the weeds do to compete for light, nutrients and water. Mums sprout in early spring and then start to grow in a bush-like fashion, sometimes. First, cut off the stems at pot level, then place the pots in a cool dark area, like a basement or unheated garage. Instead, look for plants that are full of buds but have not yet flowered. They won't look like this next fall without some serious TLC this spring. As mums begin to grow through the spring and into summer, they're going to start producing buds. I always plan to plant them in the ground but I just never seem to get around to it. Springtime chrysanthemums are commonly called mums. Pinch the stems between mid-spring and midsummer to promote bushiness. Her writing has a strong focus on home improvement, gardening, parenting, pets and travel. Since mums bloom so late in the season, they are non-descript, though not unattractive, in the border until blooming time. I love the mums - all of them, but have to admit I am not good at resurrecting them through the seasons! Many gardeners are surprised that their garden mums start to bloom in mid to late summer. Plant spring garden mums in a sunny location. If you're planning on overwintering them, plant mums in late spring to give them time to develop roots. First I want to state that I am not a gardener. Then there are those who nurture mums from year to year, letting the plants die off in the winter then pruning and caring for them through the summer, keeping them trimmed up so they'll be gorgeous again when cooler weather arrives. Springtime chrysanthemums are commonly called mums. They are turning green again, but they are staying very close to the ground. Water plants regularly. The plants will go dormant until spring when you can set them outside again once temperatures stay … Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on February 28, 2015: Great tips, Susan! Keep an eye on the plants and take extra care watering and watching for insects as the new growth establishes itself. Occasionally, they'd get a little bit of rain. Lorelei Cohen from Canada on February 28, 2016: My dad always bought my mom mums. In late summer, mums hit their stride. Mums are planted in the spring for the ideal summer and fall flower production. The flowers faded, and finally the blooms froze. Deadheading during the warm season also makes it less likely that the vulnerable cut areas will be exposed to cold temperatures. This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. Plants produce a wide range of blossom colors such as yellow, pink, red, lavender and brilliant orange. They do not begin growth until spring warms the ground to typically 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a common landscape fertilizer with numbers like 5-10-10. Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on May 10, 2013: I love mums in the fall and always think about getting them but I usually just end up admiring other people's blooms. Unless the mum is in a very sunny and hot location, watering the plant well, once a day, should be sufficient. But, depending on weather and the environment, if left to grow naturally without any pinching, some varieties will start blooming too early and grow quite tall and leggy. When new growth appears simply pinch it off. To get the most out of a mum, it's best to prune those buds, pinching them back until the time comes to let the plants develop new leaves, branches, and flowers. Copyright Leaf Group Ltd. // Leaf Group Lifestyle. But no plant is more associated with autumn than chrysanthemums, better known as mums. They will then take off slowly. I hope they keep coming back and making beautiful flowers! I have one that is about 10, maybe even 15 years old that my brother gave me when he came to visit one year. Once you’ve determined the perfect spot to display your mum, place a tray beneath the flower pot to keep the soil moist. — S.S., Houston. The ones in the pictures are already getting big enough that I'm considering some trimming. Mums that do survive to produce the following season tend to have poor flower production and often end up quite leggy. Add a little fresh compost or fertilizer to the soil. I am a lazy gardener too, so I am very surprised that the mums have come back for two years in a row. I have to laugh...when I read the title I thought it was going to be a page about what to do with mums on Mothers Day! Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map! Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →, blooming chrysanthemums image by Yurok Aleksandrovich from, The Ohio State University: Growing Chrysanthemums, Iowa State University: Growing Chrysanthemums, Smithsonian Institute: Chrysanthemum Fact Sheet, University Of Minnesota: Garden Chrysanthemums. In addition, the added heat and stress of the sunlight shortens the life of the blooms that appear as well. You should use a balanced all-purpose fertilizer. The baby mums planted last fall are blooming now, white and orange, don't know why. Treasures By Brenda from Canada on April 14, 2013: I don't even qualify as a lazy gardener anymore. They were beautiful and lived forever. My two Rosy Victoria Coral garden mums spent the winter freezing their pots off, sitting on the far end of the porch. Chrysanthemums, commonly called by the nickname “mums,” are a popular fall flower that begins blooming in late summer or early autumn and can last until the frost hits. Bet you could ask at the local garden center and get some good advice there! Garden mums, on the other hand, are usually planted in the spring, and will bloom all summer and autumn. I've got the brown thumb in the family, but my husband enjoys gardening and I bet he'd love to know how to nurture some mums from his mom's always-thriving garden in our modest one. In some cases, there is inconsistent, premature budding that occurs within individual plants. Like; Save; msmarion. @anonymous: I'm sure there will be others who figure I'm talking about "moms." Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 15, 2013: @Peachcobbler: That's the way I am most of the time, too. Full sun forces a mum into full-blown bloom mode. What can I do to get them to bloom again? Plant in spring and divide every two years. All the energy is put into blooming. Gardener, no. I even have had them stay on the winter exterior in pots while i theory the plant grew to become into ineffective first of all. Caring for outdoor mums. They make nice fillers for the summer among other flowering plants. In most regions, mums will survive outside as perennials and bloom annually. They're just so gorgeous! Mums are planted in the spring for the ideal summer and fall flower production. To herald the change of seasons, mums (Chrysanthemums spp.) In the spring trim them back hard. Add a layer of mulch on top of dead foliage for the winter and then remove it in early spring. Keep the garden mums moist but not waterlogged. Some gardeners choose to prune in the fall, but pruning in spring increases the chance of winter survival. burst into bloom in late summer and fall, welcoming the shorter days and cooler season with brightly colored flowers. Mums enjoy a 2-inch layer of mulch over their root system to keep it cool and moist in the height of summer. To get the most bloom for your buck, choose plants with compact, tightly wrapped buds. Plants can either be sheared off, or simply pinched back by hand. Prune all the dead parts down to the roots. Spring-planted mums will have plenty of time for root growth. ''Gardeners also can save money because spring-blooming garden mums usually are growing in smaller pots than the fall crop and are typically less- … Purchase a fungicide powder for mums at a garden supply store and apply according to the directions on the label for control. I grow and sell mums with my Easter line, so those in soft pastels say "spring" to me. It is important to prevent the plant from getting too dry or wilting between watering. Aphids can be washed from new plant growth by applying a strong burst of water every few days until the aphids are controlled. At each watering use a 20-10-20 or equivalent solution. As mums begin to grow through the spring and into summer, they're going to start producing buds. Plant the mums in a protected area or move them to one after they're done blooming. Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 08, 2013: @liny-tan: I'll bet they're gorgeous, too! Lazy, yes. Pinching the new shoots of the mums is required to produce a bushy, attractive plant that is not leggy. :). Once your mums stop blooming, you can place them in the ground outdoors once the weather starts to warm. Having mums bloom too early or … It forces the plant to grow more shoots at a lower height, creating a fuller mum. Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 19, 2013: I have let my mums bloom in the summer and cut them so they rebloom in the fall, but most of the time I just trim off the tops so they won't bloom early. In her articles, she shares tips, reviews, and helpful information for other homemakers. I really don't do much with the mums since I planted them in the ground - just trim down the old stems in late winter - early spring. What about the potted mums you can buy already blooming in autumn? At that point, I moved the two pots to the end of the porch and pretty much ignored them—until now. I buy plants and do a bit of transplanting here and there, but that's about the extent of it (though, I'm going to try to do better, I promise). The best time to deadhead or prune mums you are growing outside is during the late spring up to mid summer. Try overwintering them indoors. Mums (Chrysanthemum moriflorum and Dendranthema grandiflora) are herbaceous perennials cultivated across U.S. Department of … however, i deadhead all the spent flowers of mums to keep them beautiful and i also thin/prune them when they get overcrowded. Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 22, 2013: @katiecolette: Good to know that! Most gardeners consider the mum to be an annual so when the first hard frost kills the plant simply chop it off and discard. With plenty of time to put down roots, garden mums can live for three to four years in USDA zones 5-9. In fact, my mums are doing pretty well :). Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 16, 2013: SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on May 16, 2013: I used to live in France and unfortunately I've picked up their idea that chrysanthemums are flowers of remembrance and for putting on graves. Of course, many summer flowers continue to bloom into fall, at least until the first hard frost. Springtime chrysanthemums are commonly called mums. The mildew appears as a white fungus growth. There's definitely green growth and leaves under all the dead stuff. Because of this, the floral chrysanthemum lifespan rarely lasts through the winter. If you want fall flowers on your mums, you will need to pinch the plants back periodically throughout the summer. Planting chrysanthemums in spring will give them the best chance of surviving the following winter. A: They won’t flower again this year, but should next fall. Pinching should take place in May, June and July. … Fertilize mums several times a year. Gardeners in northern states where temperatures regularly dip below zero can lose even spring-planted hardy mums to winter. If you’re using a mum as a perennial, plant in early spring, or in the fall at least six weeks before the first killing frost. Dont over water them as they are prone to root rot. The decision has been made—I'm going to try to get these babies growing again. I can't tell you about growing them in FL, but in NH I planted them in the fall and mulched heavily in December. White powdery mildew can often afflict the mums' foliage. Uphill battle! Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on March 05, 2015: Mums are among my favorite flowers. Mums are surprisingly resilient. I think trimming them back and following the directions you have given here will keep them coming back year after year. for every 100 feet square feet of garden mums. Aphids can be washed from new plant growth by applying a strong burst of water every few days until the aphids are controlled. Q: The blooms on my potted mums are spent. Mums will only bloom once inside but keeping it green until you transplant it outdoors will allow you to enjoy it next season. And, several times, we had to rescue them after the wind blew too hard and the pots went flying off the porch. You've inspired me. If you’re using chrysanthemums for a pop of fall color to boost your late season garden, plant them when they’re blooming in later summer or early fall and treat them as annuals. She has traveled extensively to such places as India and Sri Lanka to widen and enhance her writing and knowledge base. Perineal mums are called " garden mums" and in the spring/summer they are just green in color. Then came winter. Delightful. That way they'll look gorgeous next fall. For established mums, fertilize in spring as new growth is emerging. To get the most out of a mum, it's best to prune those buds, pinching them back until the time comes to let the plants develop new leaves, branches, and flowers. This is a common fertilizer and should be easy to find. They were miniature ones to start with, but not this miniature. Plants produce a wide range of blossom colors such as yellow, pink, red, lavender and brilliant orange. so my mums have just two choices: rain and sun. That is why mums are best planted in the spring. Stop pinching the stems back after buds form, so as not to interfere with blooming. yours sound more normal. Mums grow best in full sun. Maybe some fertilizer would help. Space mums about 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart, allowing them room to fill out. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment! How to Revive Mums: Step-by-Step Photo Guide There can be several causes to this problem and it can involve an entire crop coming into flower early or it is scattered within a crop. That way they'll look gorgeous next fall. When the blooming … Optionally, mums can also be cut back spring through midsummer to encourage fuller blooming and a better shape. i'm on the border of Zone 6/7. Till the root system into the ground using a hand trowel to add future nutrients to the soil. Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 10, 2013: @MBurgess: Thanks for the advice! I've just been wondering what to do with my mums. In fact, after a long, hot summer many people can't wait to get rid of their spent annuals and replace them with colorful potted mums, already blooming and beautiful. This is because mums tend to continue blooming long after many other flowering plants have ceased for the season. Mums are highly pest and disease resistant. 10 years ago. mine are confused obviously. Thanks so much for the visit and your comments! Leave only two or three leaves on the shoot. If you’re planting mums in spring, fertilize using a product like 5-10-10. Pull weeds around mums as they appear so the weeds do to compete for light, nutrients and water. Here's a picture of the mums I bought for our front porch last fall. These plants need a bit of coddling during their first winter. Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 09, 2015: I hope you get them growing again, BarbRad. And the tighter the bud – the better! Mums kept in partial shade will hold onto their blooms longer. Pinch each plant only once per month. in case you hold the pot up close to the homestead it would stay on the winter exterior right. Pinching the new shoots of the mums is required to produce a bushy, attractive plant that is not leggy. Mums produce tiny seeds that drop to the ground and germinate. Mums are common nursery and gift plants and produce prodigious amounts of flowers in the later season when few plants are blooming. Much like indoor mums, planting outdoors or in the garden requires abundant sunlight. Even partial blooming mums in stores should be avoided if at all possible. Caring for Potted Mums. I do love them though because they last so well. Susan loves caring for her home and family. Care must be taken to carefully pinch the plant's new shoots in May and June to avoid summertime legginess. Very weird with all the spring flowers. Fertilize mums once a month in May, June and July. The site should offer well-drained soil. i have some mums in my small garden too but everyday is just the same the in the place where i live, we don't have snow. If you are … Mums generally prefer full sun, but they will tolerate some light shade and may actually prefer some shelter in very warm climates. These pretty chrysanthemums served their purpose. Gorgeous! :). Mums After a Cold Winter, Ready for Pruning. Water about once a week, just to keep the roots from completely drying out. How Long Do Mums Live with Care? Based in Oregon, Kimberly Sharpe has been a writer since 2006. You can changes the odds in your favor by leaving the dead foliage on mums and asters instead of shearing for neatness. Planted for their spectacular blooms that come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, mums are the perfect fall-blooming plant. I love mums too. The very fitting captcha here was 'sniffnose' that also made me giggle... Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 14, 2013: @TreasuresBrenda: LOL Thanks, Brenda.