Have you ever purchased a chrysanthemum (better known as mum) to decorate for fall, just because they’re beautiful, they scream fall to you and you couldn’t resist, just to get it home and have it looking pathetic in a couple of weeks? I’m cheap and that just feels like money down the drain to me. Join me as I share my Tips for Keeping Potted Mums Looking Great and getting the biggest bang for your buck.
Tips for Keeping Potted Mums Looking Great – When to Buy
First of all, let’s go shopping. Now this is the first rule of thumb in keeping potted mums looking great – don’t buy your mums too early. I know you folks are from all over the country, so it’s important to know when too early is. Look at an extended weather forecast. Mums really like temps in the 60s. Here in Minnesota – Zone 4b and it’s best to wait until mid to late September or early October before purchasing mums.
So this year, I’m totally guilty of breaking my first rule. I purchased my mums about a week and a half ago, when the weather was nice and cool, and I was feeling all cozy and ready for fall. Now this week, we have had several days in the mid to upper 80’s and my mums little buds are popping like crazy.
How to Shop for Potted Mums
Let’s pretend there’s a chill in the air and we have our sweatshirts on, and get this shopping trip under way. When I walk up to a gardening center and see this, it’s pure sensory overload! BUT, wait we don’t want to buy these mums.
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Some super cute fall decor items to go along with your potted mums:
And, some more beauties, but we don’t want to buy these either.
These are gorgeous, but they won’t be coming home with me.
So here’s my BEST tip for keeping mums looking great – pick out mums that have tight closed buds, like this next picture. I realize it’s not instant gratification, but in the long run it will be a better purchase. Now, these are the mums we want to buy.
Here’s a Pin to save to one of your Favorite Gardening Boards or Fall Boards on Pinterest:
How to Care for Potted Mums So They Last
My number three tip for keeping mums looking great is to make sure they have sufficient water. All the tips are important, but this one is probably the most important. Mums like to be moist, so don’t let them dry out. Once you have your mums home, immediately check to see if they are moist, if not, give them a drink. Also, grab a saucer that you have laying around or an old plate and put that under the pot. These are the ones I use and they work perfect. The saucer will catch the water run off and help to keep the plant moist at the bottom where the roots will drink it up.
Even if you’re going to plop the pot into a more attractive container, put a saucer under it. Another good watering tip is to water at the base of the plant, closest to the roots, very slowly. If it rains or if you notice there’s still water in the saucer the next day, dump it out so the mum doesn’t get to much water. Just make sure you feel the soil and make sure it’s moist every day.
Tips for Keeping Potted Mums Looking Great – Deadhead
Here’s my fourth tip for keeping mums looking great. As your mum continues to bloom, pinch off the blooms that are spent or fading and turning brown. For you non-gardeners, that’s called deadheading.
I found out last year that the mums that I repotted and added in some fresh potting mix lasted much longer than the ones that were not repotted. This year I will take that extra step and repot all the mums that I purchase. Try it and see what you think.
When following all these tips for keeping potted mums looking great, I’ve had mums last for 6 weeks or more. Do you have any other tips that you practice other than the ones I’ve listed? Please leave a comment below and let me know, I’d love to hear from you!
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