Garden Mum Planting and Care
LIGHT – Garden mums require a sunny location with at least six hours of full sun.
PLANTING – Use a good root stimulator to help roots establish quicker.
If planting in garden, you need at least 6 weeks before the first hard frost.
Mulch the entire plant with 4-6 inches of mulch after the first killing frost.
Do not cut back until spring.
WATER – Mums have shallow roots. Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Water only from underneath the foliage and not over the top. Do not allow to dry out completely.
FIRT YEAR CARE –
Remove any spent flower heads.
As the blooms die, pinch or clip them off.
This insures all nutrients and moisture goes to the new buds and blooms, helping with a longer bloom period.
ONCE ESTABLISHED –
Cut back old foliage once new growth appears in spring.
Trim foliage by half when it reaches 6-8 inches tall.
Continue to trim foliage by half as it grows with the last trim on July 1.
This produces a bigger, thicker, but shorter mum which is less likely to flop.
Fertilize in early May and again in June with a good organic fertilizer.