How To: Grow Chrysanthemums

Are you looking at growing heirloom mums next year? This was my first year trying these and I had some successful beautiful blooms. I just followed these steps!

Summer Tasks
After you receive your Chrysanthemum plugs you will need to remove them from their shipping packages immediately and place in a shallow bowl of water. Replant each cutting into a 4-in pot. After a few weeks you will need to transfer to a 6-in pot and then a 10-in pot. Sprinkle Osmocote in your potting soil (moisture control is not recommended for potting soil) before each transplant. You will need to pinch plants back to only six leaves per stem. Each leaf will grow a new stem. For disbud mums you will only want to let three of those stems grow to full height. Consider spraying your mums for insects, treat diseases and controlling mites.

Fall Tasks
In August you will need to make sure you have the appropriate number of stems grown in your 10-in pots. Three per pot for disbuds is recommended. Each stem will need to be staked and tied closely to the stake. Continually remove new growths on each leaf node. You do not want more stems growing from those leaf nodes. Keep spraying for insects, diseases and mites.

Late-Fall Tasks
You will begin to see buds forming on your stems. When trying to grow a disbud, you only want one bud per stem (three per plant). Sprays can have more stems and buds. Keep spraying for insects, diseases and mites.

Enjoy your beautiful show chrysanthemums!

If you are looking for additional resources on how to grow all varieties of Chrysanthemums, you should check out King Mums, LLC. Also, Pat Stockett Johnston published a great book called Mums the Word. You can find her VERY helpful YouTube videos here.

Transplanting chrysanthemums from a 4″ pot to a 6″ pot. 2016-07-03-13-20-51-1

Adding Osmocote to the 6″ pot before repotting.


Cutting each plant back to six leaves. 2016-07-03-18-01-29

Growing taller in their final pots.img_7449

Adding stakes. img_8152img_8378img_8376

Color appearing in a bud. img_8387

My first bud opening up. Weeks later it’s still a cut flower in my house! They last forever. img_0429

These are the cultivars I grew this year.

Flor Grande 1A-Y
Fort Smith 1A-Y
Nijin Bigo 1A-Br
Hagoromo 1A-Pu
Annie Girl 4A-P
Honeyglow 4B-B
Jackstraw 4B-Y
Indian Summer 4(2)B-B
Pretty Polly 2B-Pu
Paint Box 2B-B
Fort Vancouver 13A-B
Lone Star 13A-W
Descanso 11A-Br
Downpour  11A-W
Feeling Green 6B-G
Kelvin Tattoo 6C-Y
Lavender Pixie 6C-P
Statesman 6C-Y
Kelvin Mandarin 6B-B
Kermit 6C-G
Moonbeam 6A-W

Have you tried to grow these before? Any tips?

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane Kirchner says:

    Wonderful information Melissa! What do you use as insect, disease spray? Will add these to my bucket list for next year. Spectacular photos.


    1. Thanks Jane! I used Bayer Advanced 3-in-1 Insect, Disease & Mite Control and had no issues all season.


  2. Janet says:

    Absolutely beautiful colors for cut flowers! Thanks for sharing your treasures at the Master Gardener meeting!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Fatima Sa says:

    Is it possível for me to order the seeds for the chrysanthemum?


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