November Gift Flower: Mums
The traditional gift flower gift for November is Chrysanthemum, also known as Mums.
In fall, mums are available in a wide range of colors and styles including white, red, burgundy, brown, orange and my favorite, yellow. I tend to buy plants on sale and mums are no exception. Once they stop blooming, stores tend to mark them down for a quick sale. Those mums can be planted, spent blooms removed and they will continue to bloom through the first frost. Water through winter to help them establish and you will have mums for years to come.
To keep them in bushy form, mums should be pinched through July 4 to encourage them to bush out for fall bloom. Mark a favorite calendar to remind yourself to keep them pinched until mid-summer.
Mums are a favorite plant to recommend for beginning gardeners because they are so easy to grow and bloom for a long time.
Mums can also be started from cuttings, just make sure to use rooting hormone to give them a good boost. Plant in good soil and keep watered until plants root in approximately 2-4 weeks.
In the Language of Flowers, mums represent hope. Red mums represent love; yellow slighted love and white truth.
Mums are not considered gift flowers in the Orient, there it is considered a funeral flower.