They’re known as hardy, but they still require care in order to flourish. When you’re ready to mentally switch from summer to fall, surrounding yourself with fall decor is a great place to start. Easiest of all? Bring home a mum.
Mums – also known as Chrysanthemums – are native to China and Japan. In China the mum was regarded as an herb often used to remedy headaches. In Japan the imperial family adopted the Chrysanthemum as their emblem in the fifth century. Every year the country celebrates the Festival of Happiness, or National Chrysanthemum Day.
Care & Keeping
Once you’ve brought a mum home it’s time to decide if you’re going to keep it within a planter or add it to your garden. To help you decide where to plant it, think about how often you plan to water it:
- Potted plants tend to dry out more quickly & should be checked daily.
- When initially planted, the mum should be watered daily during the first week. After that, two to three waterings a week should suffice, depending on how dry the soil becomes.
Potted or planted, your new mum will be happiest in full sun (at least six hours a day). Light shade is an option, though it may lead to fewer, leggier flowers. When flowers begin to wilt, pinch them off to encourage further blooming.
We love mums for the color variety they offer throughout autumn & because, as a perennial, they can be enjoyed next season and for years to come. We hope you enjoy it, too!