Chrysanthemums, our favorite variety of fall flowers come in a magnificent range of colors synonymous with the season. Proper care of your potted and planted mums ensures an abundant and vibrant floral display.
How to shop for mums
Caring for potted mums
Annuals or Perennials?
Most mums are sold in garden centers and nurseries as annuals, particularly in growing zones 1 to 4. However, some cultivars are able to withstand below zero temperatures, and are considered perennials. If you want chrysanthemums included in your year round landscape, read the label on the plant, or ask your local nursery for hardy varieties suited for your climate.
Planting Mums in the Flower Bed
Mums require six or more hours of direct sun daily.
For outdoor winter survival, only prune hardy bedding plants in early summer. Do not remove dead mum blooms or prune in fall or winter. Heavily mulch planted mums in the fall, before freezing temperatures occur.
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Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans. Deborah is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.
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