The Chrysanthemum flower, also known as Mums, are able to bloom during the fall season unlike other beautiful flowers. There are at least 40 different wild species and several thousand varieties of specially bred Mums. Native to Asia and northeastern Europe, they are considered a tropical flower. All different Chrysanthemum varieties when blooming. These flowers can be planted around your home to keep out bedbugs, fleas, lice, roaches, ants, and more because these plants contain naturally-occurring insecticides!
How do I plant them? When do I plant them?
Dig a hole to plant the flower, but make sure to only plant it as deep as the roots. Then just cover your Mum with mulch, so it can absorb moisture. They need to be planted in the spring, however, their blooming period is in fall. If you are looking to have them in your garden during the fall season make sure to buy seeds without any buds.
How much sun should my Chrysanthemums get?
They should be placed in an area where they get 5-6 hours of sunlight a day.
How do I winterize Chrysanthemums in my garden?
After the first frost, prepare your Mums for winter. Cover the plant with shredded hardwood or hay; then take off their dead blooms. Your plant’s life can be prolonged when you strip it of its dead blooms. Although, their nickname is, hardy mum, they might not survive through the winter if they are not properly irrigated. If your Mum survived the winter it will start to bloom.
What is the watering criteria?
Water your Mums fully, so they do not wilt. Start by watering them about an inch per week, if they continue to wilt then water them more often. However, do not soak them! This encourages diseases to grow.
Types of Chrysanthemums:
Single- a common type, they have a flat center that have 5 long petals
Pompom- make several colorful globe shaped blooms on each stem
Cushion- bushy, low growing plants that produce masses of middle size blooms
Anemone- have a raised center surrounded by shorter, darker petals
Spider- named after their long, curling pedals that look like spiders on stems
Spoon- create spoon shaped petals that grow from the center
Quill- grow long, straight, tube shaped petals (one of the trickier types to grow)
Decorative- has short plants and big, showy blooms with several rows of full, curved petals