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Mum Planting and Care Sheet8/30/2012


 

Mum Planting and Care Information

 

 

 

What to do in the fall.

 

Mums love direct sun – 6 to 8 hours of direct sun will result in opti-MUM flowers.

Soak the pot of mum’s in a bucket of water prior to planting.  This will remove all air bubbles and thoroughly soak the roots.

Container grown mums sometimes appear to be pot-bound.  If pot-bound score (cut) through the other roots and allow the new roots to reach into fresh soil.

Mums love well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter.  Avoide planting in an area that gets saturated during a heavy rain or snow melt.

Water weekly (or 2 times a week) and water deeply until a hard frost.

Remove faded flowers until the plant stops blooming.

Once the plant stops blooming, allow the plant to naturally decay back into the ground as it hibernates for winter.

Mark where you planted your mum, so you don’t mistake it for a weed in the spring.

Mulch over the plant with leaves.

 

What to do in the Spring

 

Remove mulch when the temperature remains above freezing at night.

Work compost into soil around the plant for a season-long organic feed.

Fertilize with a granular or liquid fertilizer high in phosphorous.

Once the stems reach 5-6” pinch the tips back to a 4 inch height.

Plan on pinching the mums twice – usually mid-May, then again in June (Memorial Day and the 4th of July are good target dates).  This will encourage multiple tips to form at the end of the branch producing a multitude of blooms.

Stop pinching by the 4th of July, this is the magic date that mums start setting buds.

Fertilize after each pinching to provide increased nourishment.