- Scientific name: Chrysanthemum
- Common name: Garden mums, garden chrysanthemums, mums
Chrysanthemums, nicknamed “mums,” are one of fall’s quintessential flowers.
Meaning of Mum Flower
The mum flower brings warmth, joy, and beauty even in winter. In Australia, the mum flower is the most favorite flower to give them as a gift.
Etymologically; the term “chrysanthemum” is a word that means “golden flower.”
Symbolism of Mum FlowerIn many culture, the mum flower is the symbol of joy and optimism. Sometimes, become symbol of the sun. The Japanese regard the petals of this plant as a representation of perfection.
They're the November birth flower, the 13th wedding anniversary flower and the official flower of the city of Chicago. In Japan, there's even a "Festival of Happiness" to celebrate this flower each year.
The Chrysanthemum symbolizes;
- Lasting friendship and non-romantic affection
- Support from your family and loved ones
- Cheerfulness and good spirits, including cheering up a sad person
- Rest and recovery after a long trial or challenge
- Enduring life and rebirth, especially the birth of a child
- Loyalty and devotion, both romantic and platonic
- Well wishing
- Pom pom
- Single and semi-double
Grow and Care
- Planting; Mum is prefer to grow full sun. At least 6 - 8 hours of direct sunlight. Plant it in the late summer and fall. This plant needs rich soil with slightly acidic and neutral pH level soil.
- Watering; The plant needs well drainage soil, because if it remains wet for long that can rot the roots. Watering again should be after its soil dry. In warmer weather and once the plant is large and in bloom, more frequent watering will likely be necessary.
- Fertilization; Mum Flower is a heavy feeder. In the spring, slow released fertilizer can be able for usage. Any fertilization after July can damage.
- Pruning; Stop pruning in late June or you won’t get flowers in the fall. Start pinching in the spring.