Looking for a way to keep those gorgeous mums blooming longer?
Every fall season we all rush to our local nurseries and greenhouses to purchase mums. Why? Because, mums are the go-to plant for fall decorating. They add amazing color, texture and vibrancy to autumn displays like no other plant can.
But unfortunately, their blooms just never seem to last quite long enough. Especially when you consider how expensive they can be to purchase!
Almost all of us have experienced the fact that mums will only bloom for a short period of time. But I am going to share a few key secrets to keep them blooming big and beautiful a bit longer during the fall season.
And, if you are careful of what you buy, you can also keep those mums alive through winter to use again next year.
Purchase Budding Mums, Not Blooming Mums
Those big, beautiful plants in full bloom may look enticing in the store, but they are also already more than halfway through their life cycle. So, in my experience, it’s best to avid them altogether.
Look for plants that are full of buds, or barely beginning to open up. These mums will bloom longer, flowering for up to 45 days or more.
When shopping for mums, look for hardy mums. Hardy mums can handle overwintering. And that means not only will they give you a beautiful display this fall, they can then be re-planted into the landscape to provide years of fall blooms!
Keep Plants Cool And Shaded
Make no mistake, mums thrive in full sun. But, the full sun forces a mum into full bloom. In addition, the added heat and stress of the sunlight shortens the life of the blooms that appear as well.
When kept in partially shaded locations, such as shaded patios, porches, or under a tree, mums keep their blooms for a much longer period of time.
Keep Your Plants Hydrated
Last but not least, keep those mums watered! Inconsistent watering is the fastest way to shorten a mum’s bloom period.
The fall temperatures are cooler, and the dry air can quickly take moisture from potted plants.
Check the soil of your plants daily with the tip of your fingertips. If the soil is dry, water well.
And when you water, place the nozzle of your hose or watering can under the blooms.
Heavy water on the blooms can both damage the blooms and shorten their bloom cycle. When blooms become saturated with water, they can weaken and fade at a faster rate.
Now go enjoy your fall season with more beautiful, longer lasting mums!