Caring for Mums

Mum Care

When fall arrives most of us gardeners hurry to the nursery to purchase our favorite fall plants so we can create a festive front entry. Early fall is the best time to transition the front yard and planter boxes to those wonderful fall colors.

Down south this can begin in August, way before fall even arrives. Garden mums are always a popular choice because they offer the boldest colors, they’re hardy and they scream fall.

Many times  by the middle October these plants begin to look tired.  This is when many times these plants get tossed aside and replaced with new ones. What you might not realize, these are perennials, this means they grow back each season with just a few simple care tips.

Garden mums are also known as hardy mums just happens to be one of the easiest blooming plants to keep going, isn’t that great news?

Types of Mums

There are other types of mum that can be found in florist shops, these include cut stems like the spider and football varities.  You’ll also find potted options in a variety of colors; they’re almost always raised in hot houses and their survival rate greatly depends on your planting zone.

We’re going to focus on garden mums and how to keep them pretty through fall and how to hold them over for next season.

Removing Dead Heads

This mum was purchased back in September; it’s loaded with dead heads and new buds.  You may have a few at home that look like this?  All you have to do is clip off the dead heads and continue watering when needed.

This care tip takes just a second and once you’re done direct compost the waste into the garden.  It’s true I compost almost everything!

After Blooming Season

This plant will continue blooming through November.  After the blooming season ends I’ll cut the plant back to the base, leaving about two or three inches of green stems.

After that time it will go dormant through winter and then when spring arrives it will begin to sprout new green and new buds will bloom around summer.


Transplant Potted Mums

If you left your mums planted in their original pot make sure you transplant them after blooming season in your favorite flower bed where good drainage and composted soil is available.

These plants will almost double in size the next season if planting conditions are supreme.  In the meantime you get to enjoy a nice shade of green before the next blooming season. Remember these plants are easy and keep on growing when these simple tips are implemented.

How to Care for Fall Garden Mums through the blooming season and transplant for the following blooming season. #FallPlants, #FallMums, #MumCare


  1. Courtney says:

    Thank you for this info. I struggle with mums for some reason, and this is super helpful. Thanks Carole!

    1. Carole says:

      You’re welcome! Always nice to hear from you Courtney – Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. Virginia says:

    Thanks so much for the info!

    1. Carole says:

      You’re welcome!

  3. Sheil says:

    Thank you so much for the info. I had always thrown them away when they looked dead. Now I will plant them.

    1. Carole says:

      You’re welcome! I’m in Texas and mine normally bloomed back in June and then I kept them going through fall just by dead heading those old blooms. Enjoy!

  4. Latasha says:

    When they are planted outdoors and I I supposed to cover them with anything in winter after cutting them back?

    1. Carole says:

      Hello Latasha – These mums are what you would call a tender perennial, which means they’ll return on their own after winter is over. Tender being the key word, I’m in North Texas so I’ve never had to cover mine. We do get freezing temperatures and sometimes snow and they’ve come back every year. If you live further north and have snow for months on end then I would make sure to cover the ground with a wood mulch for additional insulation.

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