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.

About Cathee Thomas

Cathee ThomasAs Garden Center Manager for Sabo's Woodside Nursery, Cathee brings decades of horticultural experience, including over 20 years at the Holden Arboretum. It was there that she developed a fascination with rare and unusual plants.