Before the family pool was closed, before the grass stopped growing and weeks before fall started to creep into Northeast PA, Edward’s Garden Center’s customers were looking for their mums.
Mums are more than just a burst of color from September to October. They are a sign that summer has come to an end and the fresh autumn air is on its way. They are a favorite fall tradition, just like carving a pumpkin.
Customers poured into the Garden Center to chose their favorite mums and carry them off to their new homes. Red, yellow, magenta, orange, all packaged in pots.
We’ve received several photos from customers with their mum creations. We absolutely love to see everyone’s creativity!
Now we do take pride in having such creative garden-loving customers, but not everyone knows exactly what to do with their precious mums when get them home. So we have a few tips to share.
Mums are usually sold in large containers so they can easily be used to decorate entryways, patios and fall displays. Mums are easy to care for when they are in containers. Give them a drink of water each day and make sure they don’t wilt or catch cold. Other than that, all you have to do is enjoy their beautiful color.
While mums are often seen in large containers, they can also be planted in your garden. When planted in your garden, mums can actually become perennial plants. The flowers on the plants will die off but the plants will come back.
If you want your mums to come back for the following year, make sure you plant them in a spot that is well drained. Mums don’t like to be soaked. The ideal place would be sunny and sheltered from the wind. The thing to remember is that mums are “short-day” plants, meaning they flower when the hours of darkness are greater than the hours of daylight. So don’t plant them directly beneath a streetlight or commonly used porch light that would artificially lengthen the hours of “daylight.”
At the first frost, your garden mums will “die back,” meaning that the leaves turn black and the stems dry out. Don’t panic! The plant is very much alive beneath the soil, even if the dead heads look awful. Laying mulch on the ground around your mums will help keep your mums warm and protected from the cold NEPA weather.
Chrysanthemums aren’t just for containers. If you put them in the ground properly and let them grow, these fall favorites can adorn your garden year after year.
Some of the tips for this post came from Learn 2 Grow. Hope you enjoyed and learned something about everyone’s favorite fall flowers!