Mums are amongst the most common and popular types of flowers in the world. Bright and cheery, they are the epitome of summer, and look great both planted and cut. When learning how to care for mums, one should take the time to understand the basics of what keeps them at their healthiest. The more time you devote to learning about mum care, the better your chances of ending up with quality results.
Mums should be planted in full sunlight, as they thrive best when kept out of the shade. The richer and more fertile the soil, the better the mums will grow. The soil should also be well-drained and kept moist without ever being soaked. Proper soil conditions can do wonders in terms of allowing your mums to grow their best.
In order for your mums to thrive, you must learn how to water them correctly. If possible, you should strive to water your mums every other day. This is especially important if you live in a dry climate, as drought can be detrimental to the health of your mums. If you’ve just planted thee mums, water them twice per week, increasing the interval after a few weeks to once every other day. When watering, keep in mind that you don’t want to drench the soil, which can actually inhibit the growth of the mums.
Mums will grow uninhibited if they are properly fertilized. Use an all purpose fertilizer for best results, incorporating it every other month. You can also choose to use a liquid fertilizer, which should be incorporated once per month. Mums planted during the fall do not usually require fertilizer of any kind. If the plant looks unhealthy, however, adding fertilizer should not hurt, and can sometimes even safe the life of the plant.
With a little care, your mums will flourish and bring their cheerful colors to your garden.