How To Care For Mums In The Fall

Yellow Fall Garden Mums in BarrelChrysanthemums or Mums are beautiful flowers that come in a myriad of fall colors and beautiful shapes. Mums can be planted or potted and can be considered annuals or perennials. You can easily plant the potted Mum you bought into your flower garden.

Mums are a popular fall flower because of their colorful domes that are easily recognizable. Learn how to care for your mums by following the steps below.

If you would like more information on planting your Mums as Annuals check out the additional resources we list at the end of this post.

Caring for Mums

Step 1

During the day place your potted mums in an area that receives full sun in the mornings and partial shade in the afternoons. Keep them away from artificial lighting such as street lamps during the night. Mums are what they call short day plants. This means avoiding direct sunlight in the afternoon helps avoid foliage burn and the darkness at night to help them flower.

Step 2

Water mums so that the soil is moist but not soggy. The roots of mums are not able to withstand excess moisture. Potted mums will need more care than planted mums when watering.

Tip: If you notice the flowers beginning to wilt or turn brown you need to water more frequently. Try to avoid watering the foliage to prevent bacteria growth on the plant.

Step 3

Fertilize your mums often. Fertilize them with a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 even into the blooming season. Make sure to water before and after.

Step 4

Encourage Mums to Bloom. Pluck off dead or fading flowers to encourage plant growth so that nutrients can form new blossoms.

With fall air arriving in Ohio, the cooler temperatures will help extend the life of autumn flowers. The ground has already begun to cool with lower temperatures at night and the first frost will be coming soon. Follow this simple guidance to help keep your flowers alive and colorful this fall.

Additional Resources:
How to plant Mums

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