Mums prefer full sun, but partial sun is OK, too. While in bloom, mums usually like to be watered once a day. To keep your mums blooming for as long as possible, pinch off faded blooms to make room for new buds to blossom. If your mums are still in bloom as the weather continues to cool off, be sure to cover them or bring them inside if there is a frost in the forecast.
If at least somewhat protected from cold weather, by either outdoor or indoor means, our mums, even those that are not marked as perennials, can regrow in spring and continue to bloom for another year or more (no guarantees after the second year!). Read on to find out more about caring for them over the winter.
All of our mums are garden mums, which means they can be planted immediately after purchase. They need at least 7 inches spacing around them and full or partial sun.
Our mums can also be planted later, in winter or early spring. If you plan to do this, keep them in their pots until at least after the first frost. They will probably die back, so remove dead limbs, but leave the root system intact. You can plant them in your garden between November-February in a place where you know they can get the full or at least partial summer sun.
As the weather warms up again, your mums will begin to show new growth. Make sure they remain hydrated, watering a few times a week if there is no rain. In the summer months, you will need to water up to once a day depending on their location–watering in the morning is recommended. The use of fertilizer is not necessary, but we leave that decision up to you.
Mums are also prone to deer-nibbling if they are not protected by a fence or other means. We distribute organic liquid fish fertilizer through our irrigation lines to keep away deer. The mums absorb the fish fertilizer, and leaves taste (and may even smell to a deer!) like fish, something deer are not partial to.
We use organic neem oil to keep away unwanted insects. As with the fish oil, we distribute neem through our irrigation lines. In this way, the mums absorb the neem, and any insect prone to nibbling gets a fatal dose. Yet our honey bees and other pollinators are not harmed.
We do not recommend the use of any pesticide that may harm pollinators. If a product’s packaging does not explicitly say that it will not harm pollinators, do not use it. Any product containing neonicotinoids will kill honey bees and other vital pollinators. Do your research on any product you plan to use in your garden.