Planting and Care
Overall, mums are very easy plants
to care for, making them a popular choice, even for those without green
thumbs. Burkhart says the care varies slightly depending on your plan
for the plant.
For those looking to place a few pots on the porch or a patio, partial shade is okay. Just be sure to keep them watered, as Burkhart says the size pots they’re typically grown in can easily dry out in a day. If your flowers wilt, it will shorten the life of the blooms.
If you’re thinking of incorporating your mums into your garden and planting them in the ground, you’ll need to choose a spot that gets full sun. If you want your plants to be in bloom at a specific time in the season, like if you typically host a Halloween party, Burkhart suggests purchasing mid to late blooming plants.
Extend the Life of Your Mums
If properly cared for, it’s possible to get your mums to come back the next year. When the plant is done blooming in the fall, Burkhart says to go ahead and plant it in the ground and leave them alone aside from watering. The dead and brown looking material will help protect the plant during the coldest months of winter.
In the spring, when new growth begins to appear, all of last year’s dead foliage can be cut away. Give them a little fertilizer and keep them well watered. When the plant is about 6 inches tall, cut off the top inch or so, which Burkhart says will encourage the mums to put out new branches from the base, creating a bushy shape. Then, when the plant is 12 inches tall, cut the tips off again. Just don’t make any additional cuts to the plant past mid-July when the bud production begins.