Plant mums by doing so at the right time, choosing a sunny planting site, amending the soil and planting the flowers. You need mum plants or seeds, compost and a garden trowel
- Plant at the right time
Plant mums during the spring, or start seeds indoors before the last frost. The plants need time to become established before producing blooms in the fall.
- Choose a good location
Choose a location with well-drained soil that is rich and slightly alkaline. The site needs access to full, direct sunlight, but should be protected from lights that come on at night, such as street lights. Planting mums in a raised flower bed or close to a foundation that can act as a frost barrier are good options.
- Amend the soil
Add compost to the soil to improve drainage. Poorly drained soil can cause root rot.
- Dig a shallow hole
Dig a shallow hole at the planting site. If you are planting more than one mum, make sure the holes are 18 inches apart.
- Plant the mum
Place the mum in the hole, and fill it with soil. Do not press down the soil too much, as the soil level around the mum needs to be level with the rest of the garden bed. There should not be a depression around the stem of the plant.