Ok, so this isn’t so much a “find,” as it is a simple luxury to be enjoyed this season…nothing says autumn quite like a big pot of brightly colored chrysanthemums. I love decorating with mums, indoors and out, but my very favorite way to display them is on the front porch, arranged alongside green and purple cabbages, pumpkins, corn stalks and perhaps a bale of hay.
Here are a few tips for taking care of potted mums:
- Place the container in a location that receives full sunlight for most of the day.
- Monitor the soil daily and water the mums as soon as the top inch of soil feels dry but before the plant begins to wilt.
- Water the plant just until the water drains from the bottom of the container and empty the drip tray right away (you don’t want the roots sitting in water or it will cause root rot).
- After the buds have finished blooming, cut the stem at its base and trim any dead or damaged foliage. This encourages blooming and keeps the plants looking neat and clean.
Although chrysanthemums are a perennial, I’ve never had any luck planting them in the ground and keeping them alive from one year to the next. Fortunately, they are inexpensive enough to be replaced every year.
Below are some images to inspire your fall decor. I hope that this simple pleasure brightens up your week!