Deep reds and purples, burnt orange, sunny yellow, oh the decisions! Almost every time I went to the garden center I found myself picking up another mum with a different color. But come this spring out of all the plants only two came back : (
But then I found out you could grow mums from cuttings! Hooray a garden project!
What you’ll need:
peat moss/starter soil
Pots (or some containers to start your cuttings in)
1.From the new growth cut 3″ pieces off the stem.
2.Remove the leaves about 1″ from the cutting.
3.Add some rooting powder to the bottom section of the cutting.
4.Place in the container with the peat moss/starter soil
5.Keep moist while the cuttings are starting (don’t over water)
In a couple of weeks the baby plants should have roots : ) Some instructions recommend you pinch the tops down to encourage a later fall blooming. I didn’t because I started growing mine in late April. I wasn’t sure if I started the process to late. I kept the plants in my living room which is the sunniest spot in my house. I used a starter soil and once they seemed strong enough I moved the mums into the yard. They were about 5″ and went into a full sun well drained area.
*The pics. I added to this post are updated photos once the mums bloomed this fall! Some of the plants were over 2′! I am really impressed how well the grew. I was wondering which colors I would end up getting and it turned out almost all red. I have two areas in my yard with these mum clusters and randomly ended up with one yellow plants in the back of each cluster, too 🙂