How do I plant and care for my Mums?
Mums grow lower to the ground, so planting them in front of a beautiful backdrop-such as ornamental grasses- can be a great idea. Techniques vary in planting—some choose to stick to just one or two colors and plant a large amount of those two, some choose to create an ombre effect that transitions from color to color of mum.
When you select your mums from the store, choose plants that look healthy and have lots of buds. Plants that are struggling in the store do not always bounce back well. After the first hard frost, mums are ready to be prepared for winter. If you are using your mum as an annual, simply just remove it as you would any other annual. If you plant to try to keep it coming back as a perennial, simply pinch off the blooms and dispose of them. Be sure to leave the stems intact as pruning dead growth in the Spring is much healthier for the plant.