Mum – White Perennial Mum

$3.95

live plant in 2.5″ grower’s container

shipping begins mid-April

Out of stock

Product Description

Chrysanthemum spp.

I don’t know the exact variety of this garden mum, if there was a variety name.  I can’t remember which garden center I purchased it from, but it has turned out to be such a pleasant surprise!  I almost dug it up earlier in the growing season (2021), but I am so glad I didn’t.  I love, love the large white flowers with yellow centers!  I have found similar-looking varieties online that say they are hardy in zones 6-9.  Full sun.  They look so good in bouquets or in a vase by themselves, and they are very long-lasting cut flowers.  Grows 14-24″ tall and 20-36″ wide.

This is starter plant taken from a small division of my plant and will arrive in a 2.5″ grower’s container.

The best time to plant perennial mums is springtime.  You can also plant them in very early fall, but keep in mind if you have freezing temperatures before the roots have time to establish, you risk the chance of the mum not returning the next year.  Mums have shallow roots, and when they have not had a chance to get established, the freezing and thawing of the soil can cause the roots to push out of the soil during the winter.

Plant chrysanthemums in rich, well-draining soil in an area that gets full sun (6-8 hours of direct sunlight).  Their preferred soil pH is between 5.8 to 6.8.  Since their roots are shallow, plants will dry out quickly and will need regular, consistent watering, especially during hot, dry spells.  Adding 1-2″ of mulch will help converse moisture.  To prevent leggy mums, pinch back the stems until the beginning of July.  After that, you can let them grow and produce flower buds for fall flowering.  This video on YouTube does a really good job of explaining the pinching back process.

For overwintered mums in the garden, start a monthly feeding schedule after all danger of frost has passed.  During the vegetative phase, nitrogen and potassium are important (ratio is Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium NPK).  A granular 6-2-4 or 4-2-3 analysis works well.  If using water-soluble fertilizers, a balanced 20-20-20 or 15-15-15 will do nicely.  If using a slow-release fertilizer, use a 12-6-6 early enough so nutrients are absorbed by early July.  Once you stop pinching back the plant in early July, do not feed again until next spring.

Additional Information

Plant Type

Perennial

Perennial Zones

6, 7, 8, 9

Season

Fall

Bloom Color

White, Yellow

Plant Height

Medium (12-36")

Sun Requirements

Full Sun

Special Characteristics

Attracts Pollinators, Use for Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant

Pre-orders for live plants will begin shipping the week of April 18th, regardless of your growing zone.  However, if you live in a colder climate and need to postpone your shipment to a later date, please use the ‘Order Notes’ to let me know what date you would like your plant(s) shipped.  I am not responsible for plant damage caused from extreme weather conditions.

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