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How to Care for Your Fall Mums

Updated on September 14, 2012
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Chrysanthemums, or mums, are one of the best known Fall flowers. Each year nurseries are filled with hundreds of these potted plants in bright pinks, orange, and yellow. These beautiful flowers can be a perfect addition to your small garden or front porch decorations. This article will tell you a little about this wonderful flower and give you advice for their care.

About Mums

These lovely flowers, which originated in China, have been hybridized to produce pink, purple, orange, red and white colored flowers. Some hybrid varieties can even vary in color within the same flower head. Mums belong to the daisy family of flowers and the petals can come in several different shapes. Some look like pom poms, or more like daisies with long overlapping petals. These plants are known as herbaceous perennials and the hardy variety can be planted outside in the garden and can survive the cold winter months.

Taking Care of Potted Mums

Potted mums are a favorite flower for decorating in the fall. Here are some great tips for taking care of your container grown mums:

  • Water your mums regularly. Do not let the plant dry out. Add water until it comes out the bottom of the pot.
  • Mums love the sun and do best with at least 6 hours of full sunlight a day. Avoid artificial lighting or street lights as they can affect the plant's flowering cycle.
  • Spent blooms can be removed by plucking the dead blooms at the base of the flower. This will encourage the growth of new flowers.
  • If you are not planting your mums before winter comes, leave the potted plants outside to go dormant in the winter. Use dead leaves or other mulch to protect from freezing.
  • Once spring arrives, begin watering again to support new spring growth. Spring is also the best time to plant these in the garden so that they have plenty of time to establish themselves before cold weather comes again.

Enjoy these wonderful flowers! See my other articles for fall decorating ideas using mums.

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