Fall Plant of the Week: The Garden Mum
By: Christina Timm
When we think of autumn, we think of the garden mum. Why? The color varieties they provide remind us of this season. The yellow mum reminds us of the sunflower; another late blooming flower that helps kick off cooler weather and the change of a new season. The many different shades of orange mums remind us of picking out the right pumpkin for carving. The red and bronze mums remind us of how the trees change their leaf color before winter sets in. Last, but not least, the purple mums remind us of a witch Halloween costume. There are many reasons why mums remind us of autumn, but all are unique to us. Why does the mum make you think of autumn? We would love to read your thoughts in the comments below!
Light: Full to part sun.
Tip on Lighting: The more intense the sun the faster they will bloom. To get a longer life out of your mum place in partial sun. Be mindful of providing enough light. They will not excel in complete shade.
Water: Every day to every other day.
Tip on Watering: Your mum will show signs of under watering and over watering by drooping. Check the soil to determine which problem you are having.
Remember: Mums bloom once and then they are done. Their bloom time varies depending on the amount of light they receive, but most will last about a month and a half or two months from start to finish. Once done blooming they will simply turn brown. They will not continue to bloom.