We’re starting a new series on the Fl MG blog called Fresh Friday. Every Friday, we’ll post info about a favorite plant of ours. It could be anything – annual, perennial, tree, vegetable, native, houseplant. This week, we’ll feature a fall favorite: Chrysanthemums.
Posted on November 20, 2009 by emeubanks
Chrysanthemums, or mums, are popular and colorful perennials. These flowers come in many colors, from white to deep red, and a variety of sizes. Mums are easy to grow and can live for years.
When buying potted chrysanthemums, look for healthy, well-shaped plants with many flower buds. It’s better to buy a plant with many partially opened buds since it will have a longer period of bloom than a plant in full bloom.
Garden mums like sun, but can also thrive in partial shade and are fairly cold-hardy.
When planting mums, incorporate plenty of organic matter into your soil. Water as needed and apply a slow-release fertilizer. Some varieties need to be pinched once or twice a season to maintain a compact, well-branched form.
Mums naturally set buds and flower fall through spring, when days are short. But flowering mums can be purchased blooming at any time.
Nothing says fall like a garden full of mums!