Fall 2017 will be our 8th year growing mums!! This year we planted 9,000 mums! Our retail price for our 9 inch pots is $7 each or 3 for $20. Our 12 inch pots are $10 each or 3 for $25. We also have 16 inch giant mums for $25 each.
We do have several groups that we do fundraisers with in the fall. They have learned the fact that most people will buy mums in the fall. Why not make them a fundraiser? If you are interested, please give us a call at 618/493-6417. We only take the first 15 groups and we start taking reservations in the summer, with priority going to previous groups.
How to Plant your Mums: So they come back next year!
The mistake most people make when taking a mum home is planting a mum that is in full bloom or waiting until it is past blooming to plant it. If your intentions are to establish it in your landscaping, that is not the correct way to do it. If you want to plant a mum in your landscaping, you should plant a mum before it blooms at all. This way the mum can continue to grow and establish roots in your ground before it matures and stop growing. If the roots are not established, the winter temperatures will most likely kill them. (We start selling mums in August for your convenience. We also have 28 plus varieties to find the perfect stage of growth for your needs.) If you want to try to keep a mum for your landscaping that is already blooming, it is best to put it inside your garage, cellar, or basement after it is done blooming. (You must, of course, keep it alive up to this point.) I did a research project of my own the winter of 2011 by keeping 100 mums in my cellar during the winter. I watered the pots really well before I put them there, and I occasionally checked them to make sure they didn't dry out over the winter. A dry mum is a dead mum. A moist mum is a "the roots are still alive" mum. Starting in March, I could see new growth on about 10 of the mums, so I brought them all outside. (Remember we had an early spring that year.) Then I watered them real good and waited to see how many would come out of their sleep. I only had about 13 that started growing out of 100 and I was very shocked it wasn't more. We planted those in our landscaping. I was a little lazy and didn't dump the rest of the pots in our compost pile. After about 2 more weeks, we had many pots with new growth coming up in various locations throughout the pot. Apparently the roots were alive, and the plants just propagated babies throughout the pots. Our red varieties were the most prolific. Out of the original 100 pots saved from the fall, we had propagated about 73 new mums through regrowth of the roots.