How to Care for Fall Mums

Fall is a beautiful time of year in North Carolina. The leaves are beginning to change, the days are becoming cooler, and we get to decorate with pumpkins, hay bales, and mums! But often, customers purchase mums not knowing how to care for them! Continue reading to learn how to care for fall mums!

Are mums annuals or perennials?

Depending on where you are located in the country, mums can be used as annuals or perennials. In Fayetteville, NC, Belgian mums can be planted in the fall and will come back in the spring.

Early, Mid, and Late Blooming Mums

There are three types of Belgian mums. Early, mid, and late-blooming mums have different times that they bloom. Again, depending on your location, you will have access to all of the blooming mums or just the early blooming mums. Having all three types of mums in your garden or on your porch allows you to have flowers blooming through fall!

Caring for Mums

Mums typically require water every couple of days, depending on the temperature. Often, mums will become droopy. You should be able to tell that they need a good watering. When watering, be sure to water at the potline and not on top of the mum. Mums can be very fragile and will break just from the water pressure. Also, the pressure from the water can create a hole in the middle of the plant.

Many customers ask if Belgian mums can be wintered over. The answer is yes! Yes, you can winter over Belgian mums! If you plant them in the ground, cut them back after they have finished blooming. Next, cover them with mulch to help insulate the roots. If you keep them in a container, you will follow the exact instructions.


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