Not be confused with moms (as in mothers), mums are some of the world’s most popular potted plants. Chrysanthemums, or mums for short, add a splash of color to any indoor or outdoor medium and are great plants to have in general. Today we’re going to show you how to care for mums either indoors or outdoors!

How to Care for Mums AKA Chrysanthemums

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Most mums will bloom naturally in the spring, and, when cared for properly, can actually stay in bloom for a long time. Mums are hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9, but there are some varieties that can’t survive outdoors, especially if frost hits.

Ensure that your mums bloom for a longer time by placing them near a window where they will receive indirect sunlight. If placed outdoors, they should receive only direct morning sunlight and afternoon shade.

Mums don’t like extreme heat or extreme cold, so they’ll thrive when temperatures are between 70-75F. Water your mums only when the top 1 inch of soil is dry, so be sure to check the soil daily. When watering, do so until water starts draining from the bottom of the pot. Discard any water that’s been leftover in the bottom of the tray.

After the mums wilt, be sure to cut off the flowers – this will encourage more bloom. If the temperature doesn’t drop below 32F in the winter, you can leave your potted mums outdoors. If the temperature does drop below 32F, winterize them by placing them indoors in indirect sunlight. In the winter, only water enough so that the soil doesn’t dry out entirely.

Fertilize the mums in the spring once new growth appears. Water them with a soluble, balanced fertilizer such as a 10-10-10 blend once a month. Fertilize monthly until the middle of summer once the buds begin to gain color.

Remove the tips of new stems once they are about 5 inches long. Continue to pinch them back to about 5-6 inches in height from spring to the middle of summer. This will encourage faster and bushier growth.

Every three years, repot the moms so that they have more space to grow.

So now that you know how to care for mums, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!

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How to Care for Mums