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Fresh Friday: Chrysanthemums

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.

Chrysanthemums (Mums)

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.
chrysanthemum flower
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.
chrysanthemum plant
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!

One Response

  1. I, too, am a master gardener (NJ). I was surprised to see that many of my mums withstood the 54 inches of snow we had last winter. Of course, my hardy mums always come back: Mary Stoker, Sheffield Pink & Clara Curtis. But happy to say that 3 others survived and look great!

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