By Erin Lindholm
Identifiable by its shrub-like shape blanketed in flowers often in fiery orange, golden, or burgundy hues, no perennial is more symbolic of the fall season than chrysanthemums, also simply known as mums. With proper care, mums bloom continuously for around eight weeks between late September, October, and well into November, as long as they’re sheltered from early frosts.
Taking care of mums requires just a little know-how, as they are a fairly resilient, low-maintenance plant that thrives indoors or outdoors with the right amount of sunlight and water. This guide covers all of the basics of how to care for mums, including how to transplant mums, how to prune mums to keep the blooms coming, and how to winterize mums. With the right care, mums will liven up your front porch, front yard, window boxes, or even indoor living spaces until it’s time to pull out the holiday decor.