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7 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Mums

Mums are the perfect plants to include in your garden come fall. With their vibrant colors and easy-to-care-for nature, they add a touch of autumnal beauty to any landscape. However, if you’re not careful, you might make some mistakes when planting and caring for mums. Avoid these pitfalls, and your garden mums will thrive! Here are seven common mistakes you may be making with your garden mums.

Planting Them During The Wrong Season

Autumn mums in a gourd on a rustic wooden surface and background
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Garden mums are delicate flowers that need specific conditions in order to thrive. If you plant them at the wrong time of year, you risk the possibility of your flowers not blooming come fall. Even worse, they may not survive the winter. Ideally, plant garden mums in the spring after all the danger of frost has passed.

So, when it comes to planting garden mums, timing is everything!

Not Giving Them Enough Sunlight

bunches of orange, white, and purple chrysanthemums
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Not giving your mums enough sunlight is a common error that people make. Mums need at least six hours of sunlight per day, so make sure to place them in a sunny spot in your garden. If you don’t, they’ll become leggy, and their flowers will suffer.

Same goes for mum in containers! Remember to move them to a sunny spot when an overcast approaches.

Not Enough Space To Grow

orange pumpkin, watering can with chrysanthemums
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Another mistake that people often make when planting garden mums is not giving them enough space. Mums need room to grow, so make sure to plant them at least 18 to 36 inches apart. If you plant them too close together, they will compete for resources and may not bloom as well.

Not Feeding Them Regularly 

Red chrysanthemums for fall blooming perennials
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Garden mums are heavy feeders and if you’re growing them, it’s important to fertilize them regularly. A good rule of thumb is to apply fertilizer every month during the growing season. When choosing a fertilizer, look for a balanced option (10-10-10). This is essential for strong root growth and abundant blooming.

When applying fertilizer, be sure to follow the directions on the package. Over-fertilizing can damage your plants and make them more susceptible to disease. If you’re not sure how much fertilizer to apply, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and use less rather than more.

With a little care and attention, your garden mums will thrive and provide you with beautiful blooms all season long.

Not Mulching 

Close up image of pink mums
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Mulch helps to suppress weeds, giving you less of a problem to deal with. It also helps to keep the soil moist, which is important for your mums. Not only will mulch stop your plants from drying out, it protects the roots from the heat of the sun.

When you’re mulching around your mums, be sure to use a layer that’s at least 2 to 3 inches thick. This will help to ensure that your mums are getting the benefits of the mulch.

So, don’t make the mistake of not mulching around your mums. It’s an important part of taking care of them, and it can really make a difference in their health and appearance.


Yellow Garden Mum
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Your mums need water to stay healthy and vibrant, and without enough, they’ll start to wilt and droop. Here’s what you need to know about watering your mums so that they stay looking their best.

In the early season, your mums need about 1 inch of water per week. When the temperatures begin to rise, it is recommended you water your mums at least three times per week, although, they should be kept moist, not soggy.

Water mums slowly and deeply so that the water can reach the roots. Avoid splashing the leaves, as this can promote fungal diseases. The best time to water mums is in the morning so that the leaves have time to dry off before evening.

Now that you know how to water your mums properly, go out and give them a good drink! Your garden will thank you for it.

Planting Them In The Wrong Soil

Purple Garden Mum
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Soil is a complex mixture of minerals, organic matter, water, and air. It’s alive with billions of microscopic organisms that help plants grow. And yet, many gardeners make the mistake of planting their mums in the wrong kind of soil. If you want your mums to thrive, it’s important to choose the right soil for them.

The first step is to test your soil’s pH level. Mums prefer slightly acidic soil, with a pH of about 6.5. If your soil is too alkaline (with a pH above 7.0), your mums may not bloom as profusely.

To test your soil’s pH, you can buy a kit at your local garden center, or you can make one at home.

The next step is to make sure your soil is well-drained. Mums don’t like wet feet, so they need light, airy soil that will drain quickly after a rain shower. If your soil is heavy and clay-like, it will need to be amended with organic matter such as compost.

Minimize The Mistakes

Now that you know what mistakes to avoid when planting and caring for your garden mums, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test! These lovely blooms will add a pop of color to any garden or home décor, so be sure to plant them at the right time of year and give them plenty of room to grow.

Do you have any tips or tricks up your sleeve? Leave a comment below and don’t forget to share with your friends and family! Happy Gardening!