The Creative Gardener – It’s time for fall mums

It’s hard to believe we are already on the door steps to fall. One of the most popular fall plants that you see popping up in local garden centers now are the fall mums or garden mums. Garden mums are available in a wide range of colors for purchase now and a great way to add late season color to your garden. You may also see the terms hardy mums or chrysanthemums when shopping for mums.

Garden mums are short season plants and begin flower buds in response to the day length, temperature and age of the plant. Different mum varieties will flower at different times in the fall, based on their responses to day length. Early season varieties can be expected to flower in early to mid September, mid season varieties from middle to late September, late season varieties from late September to early October and season extenders from early to mid-October. Most mums are purchased and planted in late August through September.

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