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If you’ve been patiently waiting for fall mums to appear, mid-September is typically the time you’ll start seeing them in stores. And although it’s technically still summer, Chrysanthemums — or mums as you’re probably most familiar with — are as autumn as pumpkin spice products. Walmart even has pumpkin-spice scented mums to get you into the fall spirit.
In 2022, I did the research to find the cheapest place to buy mums this season. So far for 2023, I’m seeing similar prices, which means that Walmart will likely still have the best selection and prices. That’s about $6 for smaller varieties, like the 8-inch (3 quart) plants.
When you’re trying to decide where to buy fall mums, there’s a lot of competition from grocery stores, home improvement retailers, and even your local flower farm. Most of the stores carry different sizes; some are categorized in pot inches or in volumes (i.e., quarts and gallons). No matter what mums you want to decorate with, I looked at all the top retailers to see where you can find mums the cheapest.
Here’s the best mum guide from eight stores, ranked from the lowest price available (prices are as good as our last store visit). Download the Krazy Coupon Lady app for the latest smart shopping tips and savings hacks.
Note: The prices below are updated for 2023, as noted. Prices will vary by location. Also check out our home and garden savings guide!
Walmart Fall Mums Prices: Starts at $1.24
For Walmart‘s mum selection, I’m seeing the pint, 3-quart, 1 gallon, and 1.5 gallon plants, and some are cheaper than 2022! For instance, the 1-pint mums are currently selling for $1.24, compared to $1.48. And the 8-inch pots are $4.97, which is 16% (or $1 less) cheaper than 2022.
Other unique mums to brighten your home:
- Pumpkin spice scented orange mum (1 gallon): $24.84
- Apple pie scented orange mum (1 gallon): $28.84
- Orange mum in decorative pumpkin planter (3 quarts): $34.84
Home Depot Fall Mums Prices: $15.98 – $24.98 for larger pots
Any visit to Home Depot sets high expectations — and they didn’t disappoint in the mums selection. They are typically lots of choices, beautifully maintained, and an array of sizes and color combinations. When I visited in Sept. 2022, the small quart plants were 50% off.
Home Depot typically has yellow, orange, pink, purple, and red options available. Other mum varieties are available on the Home Depot website that aren’t always available at your local store. Your best bet is getting the quart-size mums that are on sale. Here’s what’s available for 2023 so far:
Lowe’s Fall Mums Prices: Starts at $3.48
If you’re looking for larger mums with decorative pots and combinations, head to Lowe’s. Prices tend to be a bit higher on specific sizes (10% – 65%) than the other stores, but look for deals like the 6 for $12 sale.
Lowe’s had yellow, purple, white, red, and orange in stock among the small and large plants. Browsing the Lowe’s online mum inventory, there are lots of other sizes and styles. I’m seeing these varieties for 2023:
Menards Fall Mums Prices: Starts at $3
The Garden Center at Menards is a pretty impressive botanical oasis. You can find a sea of colorful mums (rows and rows, in fact) in a bunch of sizes and prices. A lot of the plants had flowered, but there was still an impressive number that had potential to last, given the massive, un-bloomed buds.
Yellow, purple, white, red, orange, and pink were common colors in 2022. Learn more about Menards rebate program to save in store and get money back. Take a look at the 2023 selections:
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Meijer Fall Mums Prices: $4.99 – $29.99
Meijer’s 2022 mums selection was pretty sad. There were some shelved outdoors near the pharmacy drive-up (perfect location), and the rest were inside of the store within their surprisingly large floral section. Who knew!
All of the mums were small and hard to price. However, they looked pretty healthy and vibrant. Like other stores, Meijer had plants in yellow, pink, orange, white, and red.
There are some options already online, but they’re a lot more expensive than last year. For instance, Meijer’s 6-inch mum is selling online for $10.99, compared to $4.99 last September. I would definitely hold off from buying mums at Meijer with such a high price increase.
Jewel/Albertsons Fall Mums Prices: Starts at $5.99
I can count on my local Albertsons store (Jewel-Osco in Indiana) having a quite impressive collection of mums at the front entrance. Not surprisingly, the prices are on the high end. Not too shabby for supermarket mums though if you can get past the cost.
Mums at Albertsons come in yellow, pink, white, and red. Right now, prices are comparable to last year, which is $5.99 each. Until Oct. 31, Alberstons has a promo where you can pay $5 each if you buy three plants.
In addition to 8-inch mum plants, these varieties are available:
- 10-inch mum hanging basket: $16.99
- 10-inch tri-color mum plant: $18.99
- 12-inch jumbo mum plant: $21.99
Target Fall Mums Price: $8 each
Target only sells a 6-inch mum plant, and it’s $8. If you’re a Target RedCard member, the price drops to $7.60, but it’s still way too expensive for a small plant.
Aldi Fall Mums Price: $9.99 each
We love Aldi, but the yellow, purple, and orange mums in 2022 were pretty disappointing. But at $3.99 each, I dealt with the few options that were there. The rolling rack of mums was right near the front of the store, near the checkout lane. Not many of the plants had bloomed yet, but they looked good for the money. As of mid-Sept., Aldi had 14-inch garden mums for $9.99. I hope to see the 8-inch mums for $3.99 arrive soon.
Costco Fall Mums Price: $15.99 each
Fall mums have started popping up at Costco. In 2023, members pay just $15.99 for a 4.44-gallon plant (though it appears they may be $1 more in parts of the East Coast where they’re reportedly $16.99). This price may seem high, but in 2022, Home Depot had a 4-gallon garden mum for $24.98. And Lowe’s had 2-gallon mums for $18.98. So, Costco’s option is a pretty good deal.
Buy the Cheapest Mums in Town:
Note: Only select stores have garden mums in stock for 2023. For smaller varieties of fall mums, Walmart’s 2022 price for their smallest size — 1 pint — at $1.48 was by far the best value. For context, a pint pot size equates to a 4-inch pot. Meijer’s 4.5-inch pot was $8.99 in 2022, while Lowes‘ was $2.48. That’s an increase of at least 68%.
The 8-inch, or gallon-sized, mums were common at most of the retailers. In this category, Aldi was the clear price leader. Theirs were $3.99 each, trailed by Menards ($5.94), which would cost you almost 50% more.
How to Avoid the Most Expensive Mums in Town:
Aside from the fancy pots and color combinations, Albertsons had the highest price tag in 2022 across all categories. For example, the 10-inch (3-gallon) pots started at $16.99, compared to $9.78 at Menards and $12.98 at Home Depot. Stick to getting groceries, unless you like paying over 70% more for plants.