Every fall millions of gardeners find themselves cleaning out their summer planters and replacing them with fall flowers and shrubs One of the most colorful, decorative and easy plants or flowers to grow are mums. You will find tons of colors to choose from at your local garden center or nursery. Orange, Reds, Yellow and more....all healthy and lovely waiting for you to take them home and create a fall display of color in your terracotta pottery or glazed garden planters.
Here are a few tips to help you to keep your pottted mums looking their best for as long as possible.
Select only potted mums that have deep green leaves and look healthy. No yellow or wilted leaves please and make sure the flower heads look moist and healthy. This is not the time to nurse back a dried look plant that has wilted. If you have a choice of wilted leaves and dried heads or nothing we recommend nothing. Don't waste your money on these sick mums.
Next realize that mums like lots of water. Keep the soil moist but don't let the plants roots sit in standing or over moist soil. This will encourage root rot and your potted plant will not survive. If you are re-potting into your decorative home and garden planters and pots please use new potting soil. Old or used soil can contain moss, mold and insets that can harm a healthy plant. Make sure the potting soil you use is well draining and meant for mums.
You can fertilize potted mums but it is not necessary. Deadhead any blooms that look spent and remove dried or wilted leaves when they happen. Mums will not survive a cold winter so expect them to look lovely all thru autumn up until winter.
When the weather cools and your garden containers look like they need a lift for fall, this is the time to pot up some colorful, flowering mums. Mix them up and tuck a few small pumpkin or gourds between the plants for a special touch.