Mums are vibrant with fall colors! Although they are actually a perennial, most consumers purchase them as an annual for that instant touch of color in their garden. Whether planted in mass, in containers, or mixed with other fall bedding, the garden Mum is a hardy staple to your fall landscape.
Mums are easy to grow and do not require a lot of extra care. Given adequate water and fertilize they will do very well. Mums are heavy feeders and require more fertilizer than most plants. When watering your mums, wait until the soil starts to dry to water in order to prevent over watering. It is best to apply water early enough in the day for the foliage to dry before nightfall.
Mums come in 5 color groups: Bronze/Orange, Purple/Lavender/Pink, Red, White, and Yellow. We also grow Tricolor (3 colors in 1 pot ) in our #12 size that are very popular.
We grow mums in #8 (1 plant per pot) and #12 Deco (3 plants per pot). Click here to see out container sizes.
Plant 16″ to 24″ apart in full sun.
Mums grow 12″ to 20″ tall. Fall mums that are planted in the ground and overwintered will grow larger the next season.
Mums are scheduled and grow according to the color and ready week. For example, a bronze variety that is scheduled for week 39 (last week of Sept.) is Arluno Orange while a bronze variety scheduled for week 40 (first week of Oct) is Makenna Orange. The result of the mums being grouped by color into a scheduled ready week is that each week a new group of mums is ready which means that each week we will be shipping different varieties that can have different shades of color in their color group.
Mums are scheduled to ship in Bud to Cracking Color (some color showing in the Bud). This allows our customers the longest shelf life which also allows garden center customers to get the most enjoyment out of their mums. Sometimes mums bloom early or late depending on how hot the summer has been. All scheduling is based on the average bloom weeks and can vary a week or two earlier or later.
Below are some examples of the range of colors of mums that we grow.
While generally listed as Bronze, these mums can range from a golden bronze to dark reddish bronze to pumpkin orange. Most of the varieties we carry are orange and dark bronze in this color group.
Purple mums can vary from dark purple to lavender and pink. We carry the darker purple colors when we can but sometimes the best variety for the scheduled week is a pink/lavender variety.
Red mums colors are fairly consistent with lighter and darker shades. Red blooms typically open up darker in color then lighten up as the bloom fully opens and matures. Again some varieties can be darker or lighter when in full color.
White mums vary in color from creamy white to pure white. Most fall in the middle with a slightly creamy white color until they fully mature. White mum buds can look yellow while the buds are opening then lose they yellow tint to mature into white with a creamy center.
Yellow mums come in several shades of yellow from golden yellow to bright yellow. Yellow mums are the most popular color of mums due to the bright, eye-catching color and ability to contrast nicely with the other colors.
Tricolor mums are mum pots with 3 colors per pot. We grow tricolor mixes of bronze/orange, red and yellow and mixes of bronze/orange, purple and yellow. The trend of tricolor mums started around 2010 and have been a popular fall item ever since. Tricolor mix availability will vary by week due to scheduling different colors/varieties for each ship week.