Professional Floral Communicators International Recognizes Local Florist, Chris Drummond

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Chris Drummond, AAF, PFCI at the 2018 Annual Convention of the Society of American Florists.

Norristown florist, Chris Drummond, was recognized last month at the annual Stars of the Industry Awards Dinner of the Society of American Florists (SAF) for his recent induction into the Professional Floral Communicators International. Mr. Drummond currently serves as President-Elect of SAF and speaks frequently on a wide variety of industry topics. PFCI is the service mark of the top speakers in the floral industry.

Mr. Drummond reflected on the meaning of this award. “After thirty years of sharing my experiences and knowledge with florists and consumers, it is humbling to be recognized by such an elite group of presenters. I have learned much more from these fine educators than I can ever give back through my programs. This is quite an honor.”

Dozens of florists, breeders, growers, importers, wholesalers, marketers, and educators were recognized with many different awards at Westin Mission Hills Resort. As you would expect, the gala included lavish floral centerpieces and stage décor.

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Awards Chairman, D. Damon Samuel, AAF, AIFD, NAFD, NMF, PFCI of the Bill Doran Company and Lori Wheat, AAF of Lafayette Florist present the award.

The chairperson, D. Damon Samuel, AAF, AIFD, NAFD, NMF, PFCI of the Bill Doran Company, presented the award to Mr. Drummond as the members of the Awards Committee handed him flowers, a plaque and a pin to commemorate the induction. A champagne toast followed to celebrate all thirteen new members of PFCI. Prior to the event, Mr. Samuel said “Chris commands a room with his stage presence and voice, but his ability to engage the audience is most remarkable.”

On Friday at SAF’s Annual Convention, Mr. Drummond presented a panel-style educational session titled “The Future of the Retail Florist.” It was extremely popular and the audience completely filled the room. One florist  remarked, “It was standing room only. I will have to get the slides online, because I couldn’t squeeze into the back of the room.”

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Chris Drummond accepts the PFCI designation from Paul Fowle, Vice President of DVFlora, and other members of SAF’s Awards Committee.


Mr. Drummond has chaired SAF’s Technology Task Force and served on the Consumer Marketing Committee and Retail Council. He has presented educational programs to many organizations including the Family and Consumer Sciences Association of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Comcast Corporation, the Penn State University and the University of Delaware.

Penny’s Flowers of Glenside and Plaza Flowers of Norristown are headed by Mr. Drummond who has grown up in the family business and now serves as President. His team of 40 talented artisans and gift consultants provide complete florist services throughout the Philadelphia region.

Photos courtesy of SAF.

Penny’s Flowers of Glenside Joins the Plaza Flowers Family

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From left, Cele Pannepacker, Rick Pannepacker, Dottie Pannepacker, Bob Pannepacker, Chris Drummond, Heather Drummond, Vince Pannepacker Jr. and Cele Pannepacker.

A stroll through Keswick Village in Glenside, PA is reminiscent of a Norman Rockwell painting. To this day, that part of suburban Philadelphia retains the warm and comfortable essence of small town America. Overlooking the roundabout at the intersection of Wharton Road and Keswick Avenue, stands Penny’s Flowers, which looks much like it did seventy years ago. Named after the founder, Vince “Penny” Pannepacker, this popular florist has always been family-owned. Now that the second generation is retiring, the decision was made to join Plaza Flowers, headquartered in Norristown with Glenside roots. “Granddad started with a small greenhouse on Easton Road and enjoyed his friendship with Penny. The Pannepackers are like extended family and the opportunity to continue Penny’s legacy is a dream come true,” explained Chris Drummond of Plaza Flowers.

Customers have described this as the “perfect match.” The Pannepackers and Drummonds have been friendly competitors for decades and have often remarked about the amazing degree of similarity among their stores, from the freshness of the flowers to the design style to the express delivery service. The natural succession plan for the retiring Pannepackers was to ask the Drummonds to purchase the Glenside landmark and continue the eighty year tradition of Penny’s Flowers. The entire team at Penny’s will remain in place, so shoppers will continue relationships with the current designers and delivery personnel. The increased purchasing power of the combined companies will bring even fresher farm-direct flowers at amazing prices. The larger delivery fleet means faster deliveries and a wider range.  The tradition of top quality and value continues. Read more

Benefits of Flowers and Plants in the Workplace

Benefits of Flowers and Plants in the Workplace

Google Office in Pittsburgh contains a series of plants to boost mood and creativity

Google Office in Pittsburgh contains a series of plants to boost mood and creativity.

Many businesses are scrambling to find new ways to promote their company, increase worker retention, productivity, and creativity. This scramble has lead to much innovation over the years. From companies like Netflix which changed the way we watch television and movies, to businesses that have changed the way we live our daily lives like Google. Creativity is at a high point right now in the 21st century. However, many executives still wonder how they can increase creative output and effectively create a more productive workplace. The secret may be much simpler than people think, and the answer is flowers and plants! Below, we’ll take a look at the different ways having flowers and plants in the workplace can help boost overall company morale, productivity, and make a business BLOOM.

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First, there are many health benefits to having plants in your workplace. Plants naturally convert carbon dioxide in the air into oxygen. Excessive carbon dioxide in the air can result in increased levels of stress and sickness. By implementing more plants into a workplace, more natural carbon dioxide conversion can take place resulting in increased productivity due to lessened stress as well as reduced health care costs by companies to compensate their workers. Additionally, root microbes of plants can take harmful toxins found in the air (benzene, hexane, formaldehyde, etc.) and turn them into food and energy for the plant. Dr. Margaret Burchett, a well-recognized air quality researcher stated that “It is expected that indoor plants will become standard technology, a vital building installation element for improving indoor air quality.”

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Welcome visitors and improve morale with fresh flowers near the entrance.

A 2003 research study, “The Impact of Flowers and Plants on Workplace Productivity Study” was done by Texas A&M University, and it was committed to seeing if adding flowers and plants to the workplace was able to promote creativity and problem solving. The research team, led by Roger Ulrich, Ph.D., gave research participants a series of problem-solving situations in various environments including spaces that contained flowers and plants, spaces with sculptures and statues, and spaces that contained no decorative elements at all. They found that in the environment that contained flowers and plants, participants were able to develop more creative ideas than in environments that lacked those flowers and plants.

Science has shown that there is a direct correlation between adding plants and flowers to the workplace and increased productivity, creativity, and improved health. Employee recruitment and retention also improves as team members enjoy the improved work environment and more pleasant interactions with coworkers and clients. With today’s competitive businesses environment, companies are looking for new ways to get ahead of the competition, adding florals are one way to give companies the competitive edge they need to stay ahead and create innovative products and services.

For more information about the care of plants and the benefits of plants in the workplace, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!



Thousands of Flowers to be given to Center City Commuters Wednesday

Thousands of Flowers to be given to Center City Commuters Wednesday

Science Reveals Emotional Benefits of Flowers
Plaza Flowers Encourages Busy Commuters to ‘Petal It Forward’

Philadelphia, PA, October 14, 2016 – The “Happiness” team will be hitting the streets of Philadelphia at 7 am on October 19th, handing out thousands of flowers to busy commuterkpetal1s to help brighten up their week, as part of the ‘Petal it Forward’ program, in partnership with the Society of American Florists (SAF), of which Plaza Flowers is a member. This second annual ‘Petal It Forward’ event highlights scientific data by SAF showing the positive emotional benefits of flowers.

University research reveals that flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and a long-term positive effect on moods. A survey has found that, when it comes to flowers, it’s just as good to give as it is to receive. With this data in mind, the Petal It Forward team is not only spreading happiness to lucky Philly residents who receive the flowers, but arming these recipients with the tools they need to Petal it Forward and spread happiness to others: An extra flower bouquet to share with a loved one, coworker or even a stranger.

“Last year we handed out over 500 bouquets and the reactions were amazing! This year we will exceed that number by 50%” said Chris Drummond of Plaza Flowers. “They were happy to receive flowers, but even more excited to give a bouquet to someone else.”

In March 2015, SAF conducted a survey of 2,500 people throughout the U.S. to uncover the impact of flowers on Americans. The results revealed the many benefits of flowers, including the positive impact flowers have on one’s emotions and happiness, and backed up previous research studies on flowers conducted by Rutgers, Harvard and Texas A&M. (See more information on the university studies.)

Love Park Petal copyThe following are highlights from SAF’s survey results:

  • When it comes to happiness, it’s just as good to give flowers as it is to receive: 88 percent of Americans report that giving flowers makes them feel happy, while 80 percent reported that receiving flowers makes them feel happy.
  • Just being around flowers improves your mood: 76 percent of Americans agree that having flowers in their home or office improves their mood.
  • The best reason to receive flowers is “just because”: Women (92 percent) are more likely to agree with this, but the majority of men (three in four) also share this sentiment.
  • Florists to the rescue! Nearly four in 10 Americans indicate florists have helped them in a past or current relationship; most frequently to say “I love you,” or schedule a surprise delivery.

“The impact of giving or receiving flowers is powerful and memorable,” said Drummond. “It can turn an ordinary day into an extraordinary one.” During the morning rush hour, the Petal It Forward Team from Plaza Flowers will give away bouquets to people on the street near Dilworth Park and at their flagship store at the intersection of Egypt & Trooper Roads. After receiving their flowers, recipients are asked to spread the happiness by gifting their extra flower bouquet, and sharing their happiness on social media using #petalitforward.

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About Plaza Flowers:
For over 30 years, Plaza Flowers has been delivering happiness throughout Philadelphia and suburbs. Award-winning designers use farm-direct fresh flowers and lush tropical plants to create colorful and fragrant gifts and décor for all occasions. From the design studio in Norristown, nearly 50,000 deliveries are made annually by their “happiness ambassadors” (drivers). Customers typically shop online at and order by phone at 610.630.8825.

About the Society of American Florists:
The Society of American Florists is the national trade association to the floral industry, representing growers, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers, importers, educators, designers and allied organizations. The association was chartered by an act of Congress in 1884.

About the Society of American Florists’ Survey:
The omnibus survey was conducted using the field services of TNS from March 5-9, 2015 among a representative sample of 2,500 Americans, ages 18 and older. The margin of error for total Americans is plus or minus 1.9 percent. If the study was to be replicated, findings would not vary by more than 1.9 percentage points in either direction 95 times out of 100.


Enjoying Hardy Asters

aster flower floral garden perennial plaza flowersHardy Asters are a very popular flower for late summer and autumn. When they bloom, they look similar to daisies, and people often like to use them as flowers in bouquets. However, these flowers are not ideal for cutting gardens. Asters come in many different colors, but are typically found in shades of blue or lavender. Hardy Asters, like its fellow autumn perennial the Hardy Mum, can find difficulty surviving winters to regrow in spring, but with proper care, this can be achieved. In this article, we will be looking at the proper way to care for Hardy Asters, as well as what makes these autumn flowers so special!

Asters are such a cherished autumn flower, that many hybrids have been created that give the plant a wide range of colors, heights and other characteristics. They are classified as perennials, and in the right conditions can survive winters depending on how harsh the climate is. Typically, Asters can survive in USDA Growing Zones 3-9. Asters should be planted in the spring, like Hardy Mums, to promote root growth throughout the growing season. Plants should be lightly fertilized, avoiding excess nitrogen in the formula as this will cause the growth of excessive foliage.perennial aster blue garden floral plaza flowers Asters like well-drained soil that is slightly alkaline to acidic. They should be situated in full sun if available, but can also do well in partial shade. Asters should be watered daily in the mornings, but DO NOT water the leaves, as Hardy Asters are very vulnerable to leaf fungus.

Additionally, these flowers should be planted around 3-4 feet apart in order to receive proper air circulation. Asters are prone to mildew, and air circulation can help decrease the chances of your plants getting this mildew. This is also why Asters are not ideal in a cutting garden setting. When you plant a cutting garden, everything should be densely packed to allow many different types of flowers to grow in a small space. For more information on cutting gardens, please see our blog post!

Asters can grow anywhere between six inches to six feet, depending on the cultivar and the growing conditions/climate. They will begin to bloom in late summer/early autumn, but some are known to bloom earlier. Asters are also known for attracting bees and butterflies, often hosting butterfly larvae. They are also deer resistant, but may attract pests like aphids and rabbits. Asters are also self-seeding flowers, meaning that at the end of their growing season, they will drop seeds to help promote growth of more flowers in the spring. If you wish to inhibit this growth, simply cut off the blooms at the end of the blooming season. You may also wish to divide the plants in half every few years to spread them out to promote better air circulation.

Overall, Asters are a very popular plant to have in your Autumn garden. Their bright, colorful daisy-like appearance is very popular in bouquets and their affinity with bees and butterflies makes them great to liven up the garden. They are capable of surviving winters, making them a popular perennial that you can enjoy year after year. And with their ability to self-seed, you can be sure that you can have a booming population of these plants within a few years.

For more information on the care of Hardy Asters or other flowers, feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!aster perennial floral garden plaza flowers

Plaza Flowers Continues Donnolo’s Florist Tradition of Quality

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Chris Drummond, Plaza Flowers President, with Virginia Donnolo, founder of Donnolo’s Florist Gourmet & Winery

In 1987, Chris Drummond began building a list of top florists who could consistently design and deliver high quality fresh flowers for his customers who needed  service outside of Plaza Flowers local delivery area. At the time, the King of Prussia florist delivered as far west as Exton but no further. “We had daily demand for flower arrangements and gift baskets in Downingtown and Coatesville, so I needed to work with the best florist in that community.  I was thrilled to find Virginia and Doug of Donnolo’s Florist Gourmet & Winery. We’ve trusted them with thousands of orders since then and they always exceeded expectations.” Donnolo’s would reciprocate by sending Montgomery County orders to Plaza Flowers for fulfillment.

Fast-forward 29 years when the Donnolos were considering retirement. Virginia thought “I’ve loved working with all of our wonderful friends & loyal customers over these last 43 years. I need to make sure a successor takes very good care of them.” Plaza Flowers seemed an obvious choice.  On Wednesday, the transition was complete and those customers began hearing new friendly voices when they called Donnolo’s.  Plaza Flowers imported all 9,ooo customer accounts into their database and has committed to providing the high level of service that Donnolo’s customers have come to expect.  Drummond said, “Virginia and Doug were hands-on owners who treated clients like family seven days a week. Their work-ethic is admirable and we have some big shoes to fill, but we are up to the challenge. My team and I are committed to treating every delivery as if it were our own personal gift.”

Among many other awards, Donnolo’s Florist was recently named one of the Top 10 florists in the Delaware Valley by CBS 3.  Joining forces with Plaza Flowers, Pennsylvania’s Florist of the Year and a “Top 50” florist of FTD and Teleflora, strengthens the brand and gives customers access to extended hours, larger delivery fleet, and more farms to source the freshest flowers.

Virginia and Doug Donnolo outside Donnolo's Florist Gourmet and Winery

Virginia and Doug Donnolo outside Donnolo’s Florist Gourmet and Winery

Since a devasting fire leveled Donnolo’s retail store in 2015, they had focused on web and phone business which required unsurpassed delivery service.  “The walk-in sales were gone, so we had to improve on-line and step up our delivery service. Customers were already confident in our quality. They just couldn’t stop in to grab a gift, so we had deliver it for them . . . quickly,” explained Virginia.  Plaza Flowers knows that challenge well.  In 1993, Drummond launched, one of the first ecommerce floral sites in the world.  He learned that digital strategy is not just about order acquisition; it’s also about giving talented people the tools and resources to design beautifully and deliver quickly. “We continue to have a strong brick-and-mortar presence and love talking to customers face-to-face, but today’s time-crunched consumers would rather order via phone or web.  Their expectations are higher than ever.  You must deliver what you promise when you promised it.” Plaza Flowers has recently increased the frequency of farm-direct shipments, implemented new delivery software and added trucks to their fleet.

Plaza Flowers reports record sales volume for 2016 and expects a jump of 20% in 2017.  Construction is underway at their 10,000 square foot design studio in Jeffersonville, PA.  Vice President Heather Drummond is responsible for acquiring fresh flowers and other products from around the world. “Cold chain is critical to longevity of flowers, so we are adding much more refrigerated space to accommodate our increasing volume.  As we grow, we have to be careful to maintain quality. With the Donnolos retiring, we gain a serious responsibility to carry on their legacy.  We won’t disappoint.”

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Beating the “Winter Blues” with Beautiful Flowers

Many people feel depressed during the winter. Call it “cabin fever” or “winter blues.” The fact is that the lack of exposure to sunlight and outdoor activity tend to keep our spirits down. Many of us turn to food to cheer us, but that only adds to our waistline. For a real pick-me-up try the scientifically proven remedy: fresh cut flowers!

According to recent behavioral research conducted at Rutgers University, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life.

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Jeannette Haviland-Jones and her husband Terry McGuire

“What’s most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way,” said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.

Research Findings

A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods.

  1. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
  2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically, study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
  3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.”

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The study also explored where in their homes people display flowers. The arrangements were placed in areas of the home that are open to visitors – such as foyers, living rooms and dining rooms – suggesting that flowers are a symbol for sharing.

“Flowers bring about positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones. “They make the space more welcoming and create a sharing atmosphere.”


The Emotional Impact of Flowers Study was conducted by Jeannette M. Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Project Director, Human Development Lab at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Haviland-Jones is a psychologist and internationally recognized authority in the role of emotional development in human behavior and nonverbal emotional signals and response.

The research adds a scientific foundation to what many consider to be common knowledge – that flowers have a strong, beneficial impact on those who receive them. The Society of American Florists worked in cooperation with the Rutgers research team, bringing an expertise of flowers to the project.Flowers Seasonal Affective Disorder Winter Plaza Flowers

Caring for Poinsettias

Poinsettia Flower Christmas Care Plaza FlowersPoinsettias, a member of the euphorbia family, are one of the most enjoyed plants in the world. For the longest enjoyment, follow these care instructions:

-Place the plant in good light inside the house.

-Keep the temperature between 65 to 70 degrees F.

-Water your poinsettia frequently but don’t drown it.

-Keep the plant out of drafts, hot or cold.

-After blooming, discard or begin preparing the plant to bloom again next year.

How do I get my poinsettia to bloom again?

To avoid unhealthy levels of frustration, you may want to throw it away and purchase a new one next year. Poinsettias are perhaps the most difficult flowering potted plants to rebloom indoors. Brave, persistent souls may read on. In some warmer areas, poinsettias can be placed outside in the spring after the danger of frost. If placed in a protected area where early fall frost won’t harm it, they can make beautiful plants for the next holiday season.

Poinsettia Flower Holiday Care Plaza FlowersFor best results, do not plant the poinsettia in the ground. Make sure that the outdoor poinsettia receives only natural sunlight. Any additional light from yard and street lights will inhibit blooming. Keep pinching out the tips of the new growth once a month so the plant will fill out. Do no pinch after August 15th. From the first of October until the colored bracts can be seen it should not receive any light at night. Keep the plant in complete darkness from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.. A closet may be ideal to put it in at night. Even a quick, short exposure to dim light can prevent flowering. The plant should flower right on time if these procedures are followed.

Are poinsettias toxic to children or pets?

Contrary to a common myth, poinsettias are not poisonous. Pets have ingested entire plants and suffered little more than an upset stomach. The average child would have to eat over 500 poinsettia leaves before they would have a serious problem. Of course, some people are more sensitive than others. So, a few leaves may cause some digestive problems to a very sensitive person. Additionally, the white, milky latex sap may cause eye and skin irritations in people with sensitive eyes and skin. For additional information on the toxicity of certain plants please visit the California Poison Control System website..

For more information on caring for poinsettias or other plants, please contact us with any questions you may have!


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Cyclamen: Nature’s Treasure of Winter and Spring

Cyclamen is derived from “Kuklos,” Greek for ‘circle.’ The name most likely refers to the shape of the tubers which are characteristic to this beautiful plant. Native to the regions of the Middle East and North Africa, many cultivars of Cyclamen Flowering Flowers Plaza Flowerscyclamen have been developed for ornamental use indoors. However, most climates throughout the world also support a wide variety of hardy cyclamen.

Due to the persistence of botanists over the last century, most indoor cyclamen varieties now bloom for seven months (roughly November through May). Some plants can live for over twenty years. They are truly a treasure in a season when very few plants are blooming. Here are the proper care instructions for a long flowering season:

-Cyclamen thrive in a sunny but cool environment. They are perfect for foyers, window sills, entry stairwells, and bedrooms. Optimum temperature 55 to 63º F.

-Water moderately but regularly, at the edge of the pot, never onto the bulb; two to three times a week, depending on temperature and pot size.

Cyclamen Flowering Flowers Plaza Flowers-Water thoroughly, then discard any water that has not been absorbed within half an hour of watering. Stagnant water is bad for the roots. Soft, wilting stalks are more often a sign of over-watering than of drying out. The soil should be checked; it should always be slightly damp, but not soaked!

-Fertilize cyclamen once a week to plants in bloom and once a month in summer.

-When outdoor temperatures do not dip below 45º F , you can put it outside at night to keep cool, and bring it in each morning.

-Keep the plant free from wilted blooms and foliage. Just a light twist of the stalk should remove unwanted flowers and leaves.

-Outside cyclamens prefer semi-shade and shelter from the wind; in autumn they enjoy full sun. They can withstand near-freezing temperatures, and even light falls of snow.


For more information on the care of cyclamen or other plants, you may contact us with any questions you may have! Additional information can be found on The Cyclamen Society’s website. Cyclamen is a truly one-of-a-kind plant both indoors and outdoors, and it’s bright colors are sure to keep your spirit warm through the winter and spring!Cyclamen Flowering Flowers Plaza Flowers

The Joy of Autumn Hardy Mums

mums garden potted plants flowers plaza flowersFew autumn flowers are more iconic than chrysanthemums, or mums for short. The most well-known type of mum are Autumn Hardy Mums, also known as Garden Mums. These bright, cheerful flowers are perfect in the chilly climate of your fall garden, and with the right care, can even come back in the spring and last through many growing seasons. These plants are considered perennials, but gardeners often wonder why they are unable to keep them alive throughout the winter. In this article, we will explore how to plant and care for mums for longevity, and take a closer look at why these truly one-of-a-kind flowers are so special.

A main difference between hardy mums and florist mums is root growth. Florist mums are typically used in bouquets and arrangements, and will not survive the winter if they are planted because they do not possess the necessary root growth. Hardy mums, on the other hand, will produce lasting roots that help the plant survive the winter. Many people mums in pots plaza flowers re-plant their mums annually, as they are not overly expensive to re-buy year after year. However, if you want your mums to last, you should consider planting them in the spring. Although you are less likely to find a wide assortment of colors, getting your mums planted in the spring is important in promoting root growth, as they will have the entire growing season to get their roots situated to survive the frosts.

Most perennial cultivars of this plant will survive the winter in Zones 5 to 9. Any colder climate will make it very difficult for the plant to live through harsh, northern winters. The earlier in the season you can get your mums planted, the better. Many people will wait until fall to buy mums because they desire a wider range of colors than mums in luxury containers plaza flowers philadelphia floristwhat’s available in the spring, but we recommend that once you see mums available, that you purchase and plant as fast as possible. This is the best way to ensure that they will have time to establish roots and prosper.

When planting mums, be sure to put them in a location where they can get at least six hours of sunlight per day. If your mums don’t get enough sunlight, they will become tall, leggy, and produce fewer blooms. Mums have shallow roots that do not like competition, meaning that they need to be watered frequently, and prefer well-drained soil. As stated before, plants should be watered frequently (about an inch of water per week once the plant is established), but you should not soak the foliage, as this will encourage disease. Mums planted in the spring should be fertilized but mums planted in the fall do not require fertilizing.

Mums come in many different shapes and sizes, but are great overall for mass garden coverage. Many mums are very full of blooms, and can be put side by side to densely fill up a flowerbed space. Their wide range of colors also help to really make your autumn garden as customizable as possible. Easy to take care of as annuals, rewarding to preserve as perennials, and a truly iconic autumn flower, Autumn Hardy Mums are sure to delight anyone who chooses to plant them.


Have any question regarding the planting/care of these beautiful flowers? Feel free to contact us with any concerns you may have, or to order some of these flowers yourself!purple yellow mums flowers plaza flowers