First, select pumpkins or gourds and mums that look nice together. I really liked these cool looking gray pumpkins, and thought they would look really nice with the dark red flowers of the mums.
|How to plant a mum in a pumpkin|
Gently remove the mum from the pot it came in.
|Gently remove mum from the pot|
Use the pot to trace a circle on top of the pumpkin. This will be the opening where you will plant the mum.
|Trace the opening for the plant|
|Line for cutting the opening|
Use a sharp knife to cut the opening in the top of the pumpkin. Follow along the line you drew as close as you can.
|Cut the opening|
Once you've cut the opening, pull out the top of the pumpkin and toss it into the compost bin.
|Remove the top of the pumpkin|
|Toss the top into the compost bin|
You may need to remove some of the guts and seeds from the pumpkin to make room for the plant. Simply scoop them out with a spoon. You don't need to remove all of the stuff inside the pumpkin, just enough to make room for the plant.
|May need to make room for the plant|
If the pumpkin is really hollow, add some potting soil so the plant won't sink in too deep.
|Add potting soil if necessary|
Place the mum into the pumpkin. I like to put mine in so the top of the rootball is about 1/2 - 1 inch lower than the top of the pumpkin. This way dirt won't run down the sides of the pumpkin when you water the plant. Fill in around the rootball with potting soil if necessary.
|Planting a mum in a pumpkin|
You can leave it as is, or dress it up by adding a bow or some decorative fall garland to the pumpkin.
|Add some flair|
That's it. For less than $10 and only about 10 minutes of my time, I have this cute decoration. (of course, it would have been much cheaper if I would have grown these pumpkins in my garden, maybe next year!) I made two of them and mixed them in with the other pumpkins currently adorning my front step. How cute are these?
|Cute and inexpensive fall decorations|
You can do this with any size mum/pumpkin combination, or you could use gourds instead of pumpkins. Get creative and have fun with it. What a great way to use up all those extra pumpkins and gourds you grew in the garden this year.
Wouldn't these be nice as a hostess gift, or a centerpiece for Halloween or Thanksgiving parties? The best part is that once the mums are done blooming, you can toss the whole thing into the compost bin.