I spend spring thinking about what cut flowers the farm will produce in the fall. The mums we grow for fall cutting take months to develop and grow. Every year I grow, pinch, root the cuttings, and prepare to repeat. I love getting the Kings Mum Catalog and choosing all the beautiful varieties. There are so many unique varieties that expand far beyond what you encounter in a flower shop.
I think mums have a pretty boring, expected reputation. The more unique varieties are rarely seen: they are harder to grow and to ship. But this makes them special, and I like to try to grow as many as I can.
Specialty mums ship to the farm as small plugs. We pot them up and they grow big and strong. We start cutting the flowers from the middle of October through the beginning of December.
Most of the farm is coming to a close, but our mum season has just started to stay tuned for more.