One of the best parts of living in Michigan is the changing of seasons, especially when the Summer temps begin to give way to the cool mornings of Fall. The pops of vibrant colors signal its time for football games and sparkling campfires with a cup of hot cider in hand. As the trees begin to change their hues from emerald greens to blazing reds, orange and crisp yellow, we feel an urge to bring the vibrant hues of Autumn to our homes as well. The best way to celebrate Fall’s arrival is an array of Mums. They can replace the spent annuals in your outdoor containers and flower boxes, or add a pop of color to your patio. Hardy Mums like the ones we grow here at Simpson’s greenhouse can be planted directly into the ground. We also have a large assortment of Fall favorites like purple fountain grass, asters, and Rudbeckia to keep your home looking Fall forward, year after year. Chrysanthemums (aka Mums) are easy to care for and will last until early November with the below tips.
PLANTING & CARE
Water: Chrysanthemums require more frequent watering due to their shallow roots, especially in high heat or little rainfall.
Pruning: Pinch spent blooms approximately 1 inch from the branch tips two to three times during the week to encourage consistent blossoms of color throughout the season
When to plant: For use as a perennial, plant Mums in early spring or at least 6 weeks before a killing frost in fall. If you are using them as an annual pop of fall color, plant them when blooming in late summer or early fall.
Fertilizer: Mums are not big feeders, so it is best to apply a dilute fertilizer several times before bud set. A 5-10-5 fertilizer formulation will have the greatest effect on flower production and overall growth.
Propagation: When Mums are grown as perennials, they can be divided every two to three years in the spring. Dig up the plant when new growth begins to appear, discard the dying center and re-plant the new shoots on the outside of the plant. Mums can also be grown from cuttings taken in the spring. Cut just below a leaf node and root in sterile potting soil. The new plants should be watered daily and kept in a sunny windowsill until established.
Be sure to stop in to see our large selection of grown in house Mum’s today. We also have all of the necessities needed to get your home Fall ready, from pumpkins to gourds, scarecrows to hanging baskets and more!