How to Get the Most out of Your Mums in Your Garden This Season

Mums are here and ready for your gardens! Learn how to properly care for them to get the most beautiful mum blooms this fall season.


Mums starting at 5.97 at Jeffrey Alans, 4 locations in Illinois & Indiana

Mums starting at 5.97 at Jeffrey Alans, 4 locations in Illinois & Indiana


Lighting

Mums do best in full sun. Make sure you place them in an area of your garden that gets at least 6 hours of full sun a day.
— Jim H, Prairie Gardens (Jeffrey Alans Sister Store) Plant Expert

Watering

Mums do not like completely dry out between waterings. Water often to keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Pay special attention to Mums in containers, since they are more likely to dry out more quickly. It’s also best to water at the base of the plant near the soil, instead of over the foliage.
— MaryAnn M, Prairie Gardens (Jeffrey Alans Sister Store) Plant Expert

Care

As blooms dies, pinch or clip them off to encourage new growth and blooms. This will ensure all the nutrients and moisture goes towards new buds and blooms and helps promote a longer bloom period.
— Jill P, Prairie Gardens (Jeffrey Alans Sister Store) Plant Expert

Overwintering

If planting in the garden with the plan to overwinter your Mums, you will need to plant at least 8 weeks before the first hard frost. Mulch the entire Mum in and add 4–6 inches of mulch after the first frost. Wait to cut it back until the next Spring.
— John W, Prairie Gardens (Jeffrey Alans Sister Store) Plant Expert