Mums are such an awesome fall flower! They really deliver the color in when everything is starting to turn a little brown outside. I’ve been very lucky that many of my mums have come back year after year. In our Zone 5a Chicago area, I’ve found it helps to plant them before October 1st, so they have time to develop a deep root system. At $3-$5 a plant, they are a great investment for year to year color. If you want to know how to grow giant mums, see this post here. With all of the different mum colors there are, I thought it would be fun to pull together an easy rainbow mum bouquet!
It super easy! There are just a few little tips below to keep your mum bouquet looking great as long as possible.
Start by breaking a full section of mums oof as close to the base as possible. When you cut them it constricts all of the little “straws” that the plant uses to draw up water. You also want to start near the base because it gives you a long stem to work with.
Gather all of your mums in a bouquet, making sure the tops are lined up in a rounded mound.
Tie your mum bouquet with a string to keep a round top.
Pull off any leaves or flowers that are below the string. Any left behind will rot in the water and spoil it faster with bacteria.
Snap the stems to the same height, and place in a container where the flowers cover the top, and enjoy!
I think it’s so pretty. and I love how it has a completely different look from each angle!
Mums are great ‘rooters” so I might try to see if I can root these for a rainbow mum “plant” for next year, I think that would look so cool!
Let me know if you make one of these rainbow mum bouquets. Tag me on Instagram,I would love to see them!