10 Tips for Purchasing & Caring for Fall Mums – My Tuesday {ten} No. 14

10 Tips for Purchasing & Caring for Fall Mums – My Tuesday {ten} No. 14

It’s Tuesday and time for the Tuesday {Ten}.

The Tuesday {Ten} is all about sharing what’s going on, things you love, recent purchases, cute photos…pretty much all the sweet tidbits that make up daily life that you’d like to share, bundled in to one post. It can be short and sweet or filled with pictures and details…anything goes – just casual and fun!

This time of year my garden starts to look pretty sad. One of the things that keep me smiling is the budding mums I have scattered around my yard. I used to purchase them as decorative elements for my porch and deck and compost them after the season was over. A few years ago I started to pop them into the ground once the fall holidays were complete and have been enjoying them ever since, as they make an appearance year after year.

So for my Tuesday {ten} this week I thought I would share some mum tips.

{source: Martha Stewart}
{one} Chrysanthemums, commonly known as mums, come in a wide variety of colors and can grow to be 2-3 feet high, depending on the cultivator and growing conditions. The most common flower form is the ‘decorative’ as they are packed with blooms, you can hardly see the centers.

{source: Russo Greenhouses}
{two} Mums are a cool season fall flowering perennial so the best time to purchase them is mid-September when the temperatures start to drop. Many growers force the plants to grow early so they look pretty displayed in the big box stores. They generally tend to wilt and turn brown in excessive heat – so as tempting as it may be to purchase them, wait it out until the temperatures have drop in your area. Mum’s will bloom for a month or more in cooler weather and only a few days in the heat.

{source: Lowes Creative Ideas}
{three} If you plan on planting the mums, select the right cultivators that are ‘hardy mums’ for your area; verses the less hardy ‘florsit mums’. Though beautiful plants can be purchased from reputable local nurseries, they can also be mail ordered to assure you are getting the appropriate cultivator .

{source: HGTV}
{four} It’s easy to want to pick up the plants that have flowers showing, however, it’s best to purchase them when they are in the budding stage or just starting to show color – You will be able to enjoy a maximized bloom time.

{five} Mums prefer as much sun as possible.

{source: Southern Living}
{six} Generously water mums, especially when they are in bloom. The soil should always be well-drained; moist but never wet. Do not let mums wilt.

{source: Better Homes and Gardens}
{seven} Remove faded blooms – also called dead-heading. When blooms start to show signs of turning brown and curling it is time to remove them by cutting them diagonally, right above the next leaves on the stem. Pulling blooms off by hand is not recommended as it may damage the stem.

{eight} Planting the mums in the ground can be done in the fall – just be sure the plants have time to establish their roots {typically 4-6 weeks} before the first frost in your area. They can also be planted in the early spring.

{nine} Do not prune off the dead growth at the end of the season. The mums will come back bigger with more blooms if it is wintered over with the dead branches still on; as they nurture the root system and offer protection. They can be removed once the mum starts re-growing in the spring.

{source: Associated Content}
{ten} As the mums begin to bloom in the spring ‘pinch’ back the new growth until the middle of July. ‘Pinching’ simply means removing the tips of the new growth – this sends out side shoots in return and will encourage more blooms and make your mums fuller and more compact.

Now onto your Tuesday {ten}’s

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I’ll be back later tonight with the second part in the Cake Decorating Series with The Sugar Turntable. Have a fabulous day – Enjoy.


  1. Ridiculous, I know, but I never realized that mums were a perennial! I’ll definitely be planting mine once they’re done on my porch. I just thought all the mums I saw in peoples gardens had been purchased that year. Silly me.. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Thanks for the mum info. I was just wundering why mine where turning brown, now I know it is because it is still hot here.

  3. There is a lovely blog called The Greenhouse Diaries written by Tamara.
    Her family is so busy and so talented I love reading it.
    Her family business supplies these mums, poinsettias and various other garden plants to Costco stores in the Vancouver/Alberta area.
    Thanks for all the tips to keep them going. They are right on the mark.

  4. i found this super helpful, and i really appreciated the “whys,” not just do’s or don’t’s.

  5. Thanks for hosting and for the mum tips… I am not great at gardening!

  6. I LOVE my mums, makes me want to run out and by more, I LOVE the pumpkin planter idea!

  7. I learned so much! Now I know why my mums kicked it before Halloween last year. Thanks, girl!

  8. Ooohhh…thanks for this! I was wondering about what to do with mums and this was very helpful! I wanted to do the pumpkin planter idea last year but never did. Maybe this will be my year. 🙂

  9. Thanks for the great tips! I have been struggling to keep my mums alive…I also read that mums need a certain number of hours of darkness each night. They will not bloom if they are kept in a place that is lit at night (for instance near a yard light). 🙂

  10. I had heard of this but never had it explained to me..Thank you for the information..Definetly going to give this a try this year..

  11. Great tips, thank you!

  12. Thank you so much for posting this, especially the last two. I planted my mums last fall and they are HUGE! I needed to know what to do with them so they are not so big next year! Thanks again! You always know exactly what to share!

  13. So happy you posted this, I buy tons every year but they always die and I never knew why. Love this!

    Happy Fall!

    Lucky 7 Design
    Mama J and Her Fashionistas

  14. Thank you for this information. Your blog is so, so helpful and I look forward to reading it each day. You are a great teacher and inspiration! I now have hope that I can keep a mum longer than one season.

  15. Thanks for the tips! I may try planting mine in the ground this year.

  16. Glad for the advice on the mums. I planted some, but cut them off before winter last year. Needless to say they did not come up.

  17. I love mums, and thank you for sharing this great advice. I used to work with the world’s number-one breeder of new chrysanthemum varieties, Yoder Brothers, based in Barberton, Ohio. Your story brings back sweet memories of some really great people and beautiful mums!

  18. Perfect timing! I just bought some mums the other day and plan on getting more. Sounds like I need to get them watered again! Thanks!

  19. Great FYI Mum post! I would love to have some in the flower beds as the annuals are going by the wayside. I haven’t been able to convince my hubby to do this as of yet. When I finally convince he…I will have a battery of information to keep them flowering for a long time! Thanks so much!

  20. Many thanks for posting this! We recently moved to the East Coast from Arizona and I’ve been seeing mums for sale everywhere around here, but I had no idea what to do with them. You rock!

  21. aha! Now I know why the mums I planted last fall are so huge. I never pinched them back and they are 3 feet tall and the flowers are tiny.
    They looked like weeds so I cut them down.
    next time I’ll know what to do.
    Thanks for the great info!

  22. Always water mums at ground level, not from the top, for if you water from the top the branches will lean over. Mulch heavy in the winter.


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