Mum (Chrysanthemum spp.)
Mum Plant FeaturesInstant impact! That's what you'll get when you put a generous helping of chrysanthemums (commonly just called mums) in your flower border or containers. Generally sold in ready-to-bloom form, mums provide a fall finale of color to any setting. They come in a wide variety of flower colors and shapes, from small button-sized blooms to giant corsage-worthy flowers. Mum colors include white, yellow, pink, orange, red, burgundy, cream, salmon, and bi-color. There are also dwarf forms that grow just 8 to 10 inches tall and standards that can reach 3 feet in height. Mums are very popular with bees and butterflies, too. Hardy from zones 4-10.
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Mum Growing InstructionsMums are easy to grow and will last for years, but be sure to select plants that are labeled "garden mums." Varieties sold indoors at florists are generally not cold hardy and should be treated as short-lived seasonal gift plants for interior design only. Mums prefer a sunny spot in the garden with well-drained soil. Avoid locations where water stands after a heavy rain. To get the best bloom on large-flowering types, pinch off all the buds in late May. This will encourage more compact growth and additional blooms. In northern parts of their range, apply a winter mulch to protect mums from sub zero temperatures. If your mums grow too large, divide them in the early spring every two to three years. After a few years some mums may begin to weaken or die out. Add new plants every year or two to keep the fall color show going. Deer and rabbits generally avoid dining on mums.
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Complement your MumMum
Mums come in so many colors and flower forms you can mix different varieties to create an outstanding garden.
In the fall, the blue, pink, or white flowers of Asters look stunning planted next to the yellow, orange, or red blooms of Mums.
Fall blooming Japanese Anemone makes a great partner for a cluster of flowering Mums.