How to Grow Mums As Fall Flowers- Planting-Fertilizing-Pinching-Transplanting

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Nothing says Fall like Mums also called Chrysanthemum

Beautifully vibrant blooms form on cushions of mum plants usually in the fall months of the year.

When many plants being annual or perennial are wanting to go to bed , mums are just beginning to put on a show in your garden.

Mums come in array of colors and forms nowadays. They can grow to heights of 2-3 ft depending on the cultivar and the growing conditions and area.


Plant your mums in a sunny location in well drained soil . Mums can be planted either spring or fall months. Mums grow in zones 3-9 however make sure and buy the hardy mums especially for your zone area if you want them to come back every year. Some cultivars may vary so pay close attention to the type of mum you purchase.


New planted mums can be fertilized every week if you choose. Established mums once a month . Do not fertilize after July.


If you ever had trouble with your mums fall over or separating , one reason for this may be that they need pinched throughout the growing season. Pinching your mums is usually done at 3-4 week intervals up to the first week of July.. However there may be different requirements for certain cultivars.

Transplanting or Dividing

If you are noticing your mums overgrowing their space or getting crowded they need to be divided , usually around every 2-3 years is a good rule of thumb. Best time to do this is after they have bloomed during the fall season months.

General Care

Mums do not like to get dry ,especially newly planted mums, make sure you water them in your experiencing a dry spell in your area. This can be anytime Spring, Summer or Fall.

Mulching too is very important . Mums need to be mulched especially if you live in a cold climate. Do not cut back your mums after blooming the foliage will help protect the plant throughout the winter months, it aids in insulating the plants roots.

Another tip is Mums like good air circulation so try not to crowd when planting. #dianemummgardenvideos


Judy Howell says:

I replanted my mums from last winter in pots into the ground and they are still showing pretty.

Khoa do says:

Where can I buy seed

Christine Elkins says:

Great video! I am wondering, can you buy mum seeds online? If so do you recommend a certain website?

bearbayoudrive says:

I love the cat too.

Cindy Hayden says:

I am in Texas. I have a big mum which turned out no blooms and very leggy because I did not know about pinching it back. So it is September and what do I do to my mum. Do I wait or cut it back or let it run its course for next year? It will be 2 year mum next spring.

M Barranca says:

Hello, sorry I'm still learning but my moms look so out of place when the barren'ness of Autumn surrounds them. Without planting a plethera of the mums, any suggestions on what I could put for more filler while they are blooming? Or suggestions on any other ways to plant them where they wont look so lonesome amung the dead potatoe-vines and Denis? Lol loved the vid!

NavDocRet says:

My mom get mad when I pinch her.

Stephanie Carpenter says:

Great information. I’m a first time mum buyer!

justpar2012 says:

I never have any success with mums. They usually become available here in North GA until later Aug. They cant take a lot of sun as they wither and dry even with occasional watering/fertilizing.  Seems they like partial sun but I need them in direct sun. Any suggestions?


Nice idea about transplanting in fall to other areas of the yard.  I like your mum enthusiasm!  Thanks for the video!  Dean

Dawn Poston says:

Thanks for the info on mums. I'm going to pinch mine back now and give them fertilizer for the last time this year.

Jack says:

Hello Diane, we have a potted fall mum that we want to keep over the winter and get cuttings to propagate so we can have more of them. We live in the NE and soon it will be getting cold with snow so I have the following questions . . . .

1) What do we need to do to save and protect the plant? Should we cut it back, put it in the garage so it won't be in the snow or harshest cold and do we need to continue watering it? Is it best to bring it into the house or cellar?

2) When should we take our cutting and root them for best results?

3) Can we put it under a grow light in late winter to get a jump on growth for our cuttings?

Thank you for any guidance you can provide, Jack :-)

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