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How to Care for Fall Mum Plants in Containers

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Keep mums vibrant and beautiful all autumn with proper care.

Usher in the cool, crispness of autumn with a vibrant display of fall chrysanthemum plants in containers. Chrysanthemums (also known as mums) are a gardener’s way to celebrate fall. Add beauty and color to the outside of your home and yard with mums in hues of yellow, orange, red, lavender and pink. Mums are easy to maintain in pots and, with minimal care, they will continue to bloom throughout the entire autumn season.

Select mums with healthy, green leaves and unopened flower buds. Do not purchase mums that seem wilted or unhealthy.

Transplant mums into garden pots with adequate drainage holes in the bottom. If the garden pots held other flowers previously, wash the pots with antibacterial soap. Rinse the pots and then fill with new potting soil. Plant the mums at the same level as they were in the temporary pots.

Place the mums in a sunny location.

Water mums often to prevent the soil from drying out. After watering, ensure the soil drains completely and that the pots do not sit in standing water. Remove the spent blossoms as they wilt by cutting them off just under the blooms.

Plant mums into the ground in late fall if the temperature will dip below freezing. Cover the mums with a deep layer of mulch to protect them during the winter months. Or, bring the mums indoors during the winter and place them in a sunny window.


Things You Will Need

  • Mums
  • Garden pots
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Potting soil


  • Mums purchased in late summer and early fall generally require no fertilization during the autumn months.

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.