Asked by: Adiel Beckenlechner
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How do you overwinter mums?

Last Updated: 28th April, 2020

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  1. Keep mums outdoors until the foliage and flowers die back after the first frost.
  2. Move the plant indoors to a dark area that is between 32 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Water mums so the soil is slightly moist during winter dormancy.
  4. Keep mums indoors until one week before the last expected spring frost.

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Also, how do you prepare mums for winter?

Prepare mums for winter after the first hard frost. Mulch up to 4 inches with straw or shredded hardwood. Fill in around the entire plant, spreading well between branches. Pinch off dead blooms to clean up the plant, but leave branches intact.

Also Know, how do you keep chrysanthemums over winter? It is easy to overwinter chrysanthemums, simply dig up the plants and cut back all the stems to about 6in. Place the chrysanthemums in a box or tray and cover with soil or compost and store in a cool, frost-free place for the winter.

Also asked, do mums come back year after year?

Mums are considered tender perennials. Whether they come back the next year depends on when and where they are planted: Spring or summer – If planted in spring or summer, mums will have ample time to establish a good root system. If this is the case, enjoy your mums as annuals.

How cold can potted mums tolerate?

Cold Temperatures In general, mums are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9, although this can vary slightly by species. According to the USDA map, the lowest minimum temperatures mums can survive are right around 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

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Crescenciana Oreilly

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Should you deadhead mums?

Deadhead mums in late spring to mid summer.
This is right before blooming season, so the flowers have time to branch off from the cut stems. If you are growing your mums in a greenhouse or indoors, you can deadhead them as soon as you see dead growths since the mums won't be exposed to cold weather.

Jiang Ehrenstein

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Can you plant mums in the fall?

The early to mid-spring is the best time to plant mums. Mums may die off and only last for a single year if added later in the year such as during the fall or the onset of winter. With proper care, they will become a perennial fixture in your flower garden.

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When should I trim my mums?

As a general rule, the time to prune -- or "pinch" -- your mums is from spring into the early summer. Start doing it in spring, when the shoots are about 4 to 6 inches long. Keep pinching every two to three weeks through the spring and all the way through July.

Valeriia Korfkamp

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Do potted mums come back?

Newly purchased potted mums need to be kept consistently moist but not wet and in bright, indirect light indoors. They need at least five hours of full sun outdoors to stay healthy enough to successfully come back the next season.

Fco Saker

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Can you plant mums in October?

Early season varieties can be expected to come into flower in early to mid-September, mid-season varieties from middle to late September, late season varieties from late September to early October and season extenders from early to mid-October. Most mums are purchased in late August through September.

Andria Hekelmann

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How do you take care of mums in the fall?

Cut back the foliage after it dies naturally in fall. Leave the potted mums outdoors in winter if the temperature rarely drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or overwinter the potted plants indoors by a window that receives indirect sunlight. Water the mums' soil only enough so it doesn't dry entirely.

Kayleigh Kropp

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How long will mums last?

four to six weeks

Vilson Blanaru

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Do you cut back mums in the fall?

You may opt to wait and cut mums back in late winter or early spring when new green growth emerges or cut the plants back in late fall or early winter shortly after they finish blooming.

Fengyun Pawlowsk

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Can you plant potted mums in the fall?

Plant Them Anyway
Technically, however, they can be planted in your garden any time before the first frost of fall. This means you can try removing the mums from your pot and planting them in the ground in the fall. Although your potted mums may look dead, they might just be dormant.

Luar Xander

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Do mums like sun or shade?

As much as you can give them. Mums will thrive in full sun conditions, given adequate moisture. About three hours of direct sunlight is about the minimum that will produce bushy plants and plenty of flowers. Early in the season mums should be watered like your lawn, about one inch a week.

Evelina Ferros

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How do you winterize mums?

The next step in winter care for mums is to properly insulate them in the fall. The leaves of the plant will die back and become brown after a few hard frosts have hit your area. After the foliage of the plant has died back, you will need to cut it back. Cut back the stems of the mums to 3 to 4 inches above the ground.

Bari Schwarzenberger

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Can I plant my mums in the ground?

Garden mums are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 10a. Prepare a location with full sun and well-drained soil by digging in a 2-inch layer of compost to a depth of about a foot. Garden mums will survive in partial shade, but they won't bloom as well and tend to sprawl.

Zdenka Qualizza

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Can you bring potted mums inside for the winter?

You can leave your garden mums in the ground during winter, especially with a layer of mulch in the cooler zones. However, because potted plants are more susceptible to cold damage, bring your mums indoors for winter safekeeping. Keep mums outdoors until the foliage and flowers die back after the first frost.

Samba Perquilhas

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Is it too late to plant mums in the ground?

In cold regions, this is too late to plant mums and expect them to survive winter. Early planting—even as early as late August—helps plants develop a strong root system. Plant garden mums too late, and winter freeze-thaw cycles can shove plants out of soil, a condition known as frost heave.

Abdeselam Malho

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How long do potted mums last?

Garden mums may be grown in containers, or planted in beds with existing shrubs and flowers. Flowers generally last about two or three weeks, depending on the outdoor temperatures and how far along the blooming process was when the plants were purchased.

Sigitas Eichhof

Reviewer

What type of mums are perennials?

Garden mums, also known as hardy mums, are perennial mums. Cut-flower chrysanthemums, like spider mums or football mums, are perennials in Zones 5 to 9, and these types are becoming easier to find for sale online.

Zaka Eisbrenner

Reviewer

How do you pinch mums?

Pinching Mums: How To Complete The Task
To pinch back your mums, use your thumb and forefinger to snap off the terminal portion of each stem the plant produces. You can remove as many as half the total height of each stem, or you can choose to remove just the topmost growing point, if you want the plant to be taller.

Ramona Clebosk

Reviewer

Can mums live indoors?

Potted mums are not the same as the hardy varieties that go into garden beds. Growing chrysanthemums indoors is easy and requires little special care beyond watering, good soil and drainage. Once the blooms are spent, you can keep the plant around for its deeply etched foliage.

Arion Kanzler

Reviewer

Are mums toxic to cats?

The chrysanthemum species, including popular daisy mums (commonly just called daisies), are toxic to animals like cats because they contain chemicals known as sesquiterpene lactones, which are terpenoids that serve diverse functions within the plant.