Caring for Chrysanthemums Through Winter
Fall Flowers and Foliage
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Fall Garden Cleanup
Garden Soil Preparation
I live in the PNW where the winters are very mild (Rarely dips into the 20's) so my chrysanthemums winter over very well. I feel fortunate for that reason. It's fun to watch the greens spring back up after their winter trim. We keep ours potted so we can move it inside if need be. Hope everyone enjoys their fall flowers this year!
I live in Michigan (cold, hard winters) and love to use store bought mums in my outdoor planters in the fall. I leave the mums in their original containers so they are easy to take out of my planters. The crazy thing is, I always try to remember to plant these mums in the garden after they have lived their PLANTER life in November, to have garden mums the following year. They always come back! Last year, we had an early snow and I never had a chance to plant those mums. I set the pots behind some bushes and forgot about them. SURPRISE, they all survived the winter. I kept them watered this past spring and summer and they are now loaded with buds, ready to bloom!
This answered every question I’ve had about Mums. I’m going to finally dive in. Thank you so much for your thorough and concise tips.
Is it ok to plant my mums now in the ground? I live in WV and I’ve been others comments
Below about theirs thriving and coming back big! Or should I wait and
Water them through winter in my
Garage and plant in late April?
It would seem like you could plant them now. Early spring is recommended … but with care, and continued mild weather, you might be ok. Or, plant some now and some later. If you plant, Do not cut back mums. The dead growth insulates the roots. Cut off the dead stems and leaves when you see the first green shoots in spring. After the ground has frozen, spread 4 to 6 inches of mulch around the plant.
If you know the plant names, you may feel more confident. The following are extra-hardy mums. These will survive in frigid climates: ‘Betty Lou’ Maxi Mum; ‘Burnt Copper’; ‘Centerpiece’; ‘Grape Glow’; ‘Lemonsota’; ‘Maroon Pride’; ‘Mellow Moon’; ‘Minnautumn’, ‘Minnpink’, ‘Minnruby’, ‘Minnwhite’, and ‘Minnyellow’; ‘Rose Blush’; ‘Sesqui Centennial Sun’ ‘Snowscape’
I have big beautiful mums in pots on my front
Porch. I want to plant them but know it’s
Too late in the season. If I keep them in my garage all winter and keep them watered, can I play them early spring?
Brought my beautiful Mum indoors last week hoping to keep it before I took it to the cool dark basement for the winter. There are lots and lots of tiny tiny flies that accumulate on the nearest window. I took the plant back outside for a day and sprayed it with flying insect spray but the next day the flies were back. There seems to be more of them the day after I water the plant. What are these and how can I get rid of them?
It sounds like you could be dealing with fungus gnats or a similar gnat. These tiny flies are commonly found in houseplants or outdoor plants grown in greenhouses or large-scale nurseries. Luckily, they are mostly harmless, although they are annoying. Keep the plant away from your other indoor plants for now, as the gnats can easily move from plant to plant and lay eggs in the soil. See our fungus gnats pest page to read more about dealing with them.
I planted mums last fall and not only did they last, they actually thrives, most even doubling in size - and I bought full sized mature plants to start with. They started filling out with blossoms around June and have been in full bloom since as long as I dead-head them. My mom also planted mums several years ago and they come back every year and bloom beautifully. We’ve had many single digit winter days and even more nights. All we do is soak the ground well and then heavily mulch just before the first frost. I guess we just got lucky - or have very green thumbs. lol