How to Get the Most out Your Mums in Your Garden This Season

Mums are blooming and ready for your gardens! Learn how we grow them locally, get tips from our Garden Experts on proper care and peek at the beautiful blooms and other fall garden favorites.


Mum care tips from Prairie Gardens Plant Experts

Mums starting at 4.97 at Prairie Gardens, Champaign IL

Mums starting at 4.97 at Prairie Gardens, Champaign IL


Light

Mums like full sun. Make sure you place them in an area of your garden that gets at least 6 hours of full sun a day.
— Jim H, Prairie Gardens Plant Expert

Water

Mums do not like completely dry out between waterings. Water often to keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Pay special attention to Mums in containers, since they are more likely to dry out more quickly. It’s also best to water at the base of the plant near the soil, instead of over the foliage.
— MaryAnn M, Prairie Gardens Plant Expert

Care

As blooms dies, pinch or clip them off to encourage new growth and blooms. This will ensure all the nutrients and moisture goes towards new buds and blooms and helps promote a longer bloom period.
— Jill P, Prairie Gardens Plant Expert

Overwintering

If planting in the garden with the plan to overwinter your Mums, you will need to plant at least 8 weeks before the first hard frost. Mulch the entire Mum in and add 4–6 inches of mulch after the first frost. Wait to cut it back until the next Spring.
— Jim W, Prairie Gardens Plant Expert

Our Mums were planted locally in our very own greenhouses by our fussy growers. Here they are when they were first planted back at the end of may (left) and what they looked like mid-july (right).

Mums just planted by Prairie Gardens Growers (left); Mums in Prairie Gardens greenhouses in mid-july (right). 

Mums just planted by Prairie Gardens Growers (left); Mums in Prairie Gardens greenhouses in mid-july (right). 


They were cute then, and now they're absolutely gorgeous! Here's a peek at some of the beautiful blooms you'll find in our greenhouses.


Plus, find your other Fall Favorites, including Cabbage, Kale, Pansies, Swiss Chard and more!