Garden Mums

What – How – Why?

The why is easy – they are beautiful!

What is a garden mum?

Most mums sold today are grown for their color, form, and size – these decorative, or garden mums are not bred for their hardiness. They are sold for the beauty they provide this season – following year should be considered a bonus

Planting garden mums

  • Plant in at least ½ day sun light.
  • Add peat to a sandy soil or sand to a clay soil.
  • Be sure the soil is well drained.
  • Remove plant from pot and gently break up the root ball a little to encourage roots to branch out.
  • Water thoroughly, fertilizing has already been done to establish roots and blooms.

Winter protection

  • Do not prune.
  • Keep soil moist as winter nears.
  • After several hard frosts, mulch with straw, leaves, etc.

Next spring – if they return

  • Remove old mulch.
  • Prune off dead stems.
  • Apply a general all-purpose fertilizer such as Jack’s as directed.
  • When new growth is 4” to 6”, pinch back by half, continuing pinching whenever new growth is 3” to 5” until early July for bushy fall blooming plants.
  • Water thoroughly as needed and fertilize monthly.

As the growing season comes to an end, repeat the procedures listed above.