I bought these Disbud Mums after work one day in September 2017. I was so taken in by their forest green leaves and large, bright yellow blooms that I had to add them to my small collection of potted plants. At that time, I didn’t know how to care for them. I didn’t even know if they were an annual or a perennial. It was trial and error, but I have finally figured it out.
Disbud Mums are a member of the Chrysanthemum family. Plant them in a pot or in your garden bed and they will add colour to your garden in the Fall months while many other flowering shrubs have finished flowering.
How to care for Disbud Mums to promote health and to maximise their blooming season:
- Disbud Mums like rich garden soil (I used Miracle Grow garden soil) that drains well but also retains moisture.
- They like the soil to be moist, but not wet. So, check the soil every second day, and water only if the soil feels dry. They will need to be watered more often throughout the summer months.
- Fertilize in late summer (late August/early September) and fertilize every second week to maximise their blooming season. I fertilized them only once and their blooms could have lasted into December, but I decided to overwinter them before the frost came.
- Disbud Mums prefer full sun. I discovered this when I moved them from one side of the deck to an area on the deck that is located beside a sliding door and that gets full sun for much of the day. They just flourished in that area!
- After your Disbud Mums have finished blooming, or before the first frost, cut them down so that they are only a couple of inches above the ground.
- Place them in a cold, dry area until early Spring (March/April) or until after the last frost. Last year, it rained almost every day in April, and they struggled to come back because of that, so that is something to monitor.