Every fall I enjoy filling the front porch with beautiful chrysanthemum plants. Over the years I have certainly killed my share of them. Watered too much…watered too little…not enough light…etc…you get the idea. After a lot of trial and error, I think I have figured out what these beautiful plants need to make it through the fall season. Here are my tips for how to care for fall mums.
Here we go:
- Natural light or direct sun is preferred.
- Keep away from artificial light at night. These plants are considered short day plants and need long periods of darkness to flower.
- If kept inside, find a south facing window or a window that gets all day sun.
- Soak until water runs out the bottom of the container
- Don’t let the plant sit in water.
- Don’t allow soil to dry out. Water before any signs of wilting.
- Monitor soil moisture daily.
- Water if top inch of soil feels dry but before any sign of wilt.
- Water from bottom of plant or gently separate top of plant. Do not get water on the foliage. This will help you avoid plant disease.
- Cover with a light sheet at night if frost warnings.
- Dead head spent blooms.
- Rotate plant every couple of days. This will ensure even growth as plant likes to grow towards the light.
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