Thank you for this article. Step 2 Turn the soil again immediately before planting. The buds may grow bigger and you'll have a nice display of blooms come fall. Then, once the first hard frost hits, move your plants inside or into an unheated garage. By the way, I'm in northeast Mississippi. dahlias.jpg. East or west exposure is the best. Then plant outdoors in Spring. But if you're in Louisiana they would probably survive Winter . We have about 1-2 inches now. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on October 21, 2013 - 8:33pm. Divide perennials in the spring after the last hard frost and after you see new growth starting. I have planted asters instead but do not find the same color choices available. So is it ok to take them out of the pot and plant them.I am on the east coast and the tempeture is nowc75-85 on the east coast. If you live in a cold climate, it is best to leave the foliage on the plant, even after it has browned and died, to increase the plant's chance of surviving the winter. If the roots are crowding the pot, feel free to move the plants up to the next size pot. Submitted by Kay B on August 9, 2015 - 8:22am. If the leaves are still green, it means that they are making food for the plant, which helps the plant to survive the winter.) Chrysanthemum houseplants require lower light to force blooms. Mums do best in well-drained soil so use a potting mix (Vigoro All Purpose Potting Mix, $7, The Home Depot) in your container. My friends are informing me that they will not last though till Oct 17th and that I will need to buy and replant some more in Oct. Is there any way that I can still salvage the ones I have now unitl Oct? Submitted by Maureen Tegmeier on September 5, 2013 - 9:09pm. Soluble fertilizers (20-20-20 or 15-15-15) can be mixed into water and fed to the mums about twice a month. Caring for Mums in the Winter Cut your mums back to the ground. Yes, I’m saying to cut off the blooms. If rain has been sparse, irrigate the mums with 1 inch of water the day before dividing them so they are thoroughly hydrated. Do I need to cut anything back before I put them away in the basement? You never know what surprises Mother Nature brinsg. Submitted by william b on October 9, 2014 - 10:22am, If I bought mums from the store in end of Sept and put them in the Doreen- I live in zone 6 at a 750 elevation in the Blue Ridge Mts of VA. Remove the dead flowers and keep plants well-watered. I am in zone 5 - joliet, IL - I have brought the pots out for some of the milder days and bring them back into the garage at night - I must be an impatient gardener - but i am just too excited to see if they survived or not :) the stumps look really dry and brown - so just wondering should I plant them in the ground after frost risk is over in this brown dry state - or should there be some green by then? Submitted by kevans1254 on September 13, 2015 - 5:16pm. Dig a planting hole for each potted mum that is the same depth as the pot and 1 1/2 times as wide. Keep it in the darkest spot and water pot every month to keep roots alive. Too late in the season. Planting Mums in the Ground- Transplanting Them. Treat them like a house plant, placing pots in or near east, west or south-facing winds. They are great planted in your beds or in pots. We even had snow yesterday into this morning. Dig a hole twice the size of the existing root ball. After cutting my last bloom, they are all now blooming again. May 22, 2018 - How to Transplant Garden Mums From Pots Into the Ground. Place potted mums in a cool area that gets sun. They came back this spring with a vengeance! Late summer and early fall is the time to plant, divide, and transplant many different perennials, shrubs, and trees including spring flowering perennials. thank you for the valuable information. They are already 6-7 inches tall, so I pinched them yesterday evening. Whenever you see buds, pinch half of the new growth at the top of the shoot. Growing Chrysanthemum Flowers: How To Care For Mums. Turn the soil again immediately before planting. People start pointing at me and make avoid-the-crazy-woman sounds to their children and spouses. You can dig them up and see if there is any growth showing from the roots. I live in Piedmont NC. Pot them up in 4-6-inch pots filled with good potting soil. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Submitted by Weebea on October 10, 2013 - 8:27am. It depends on where you live and how cold it has been so far this winter? If you pinch them, they may last longer. Dig a hole twice the size of the existing root ball. Submitted by pann1221 on April 14, 2014 - 12:37pm. We are very South so it doesn't get all that cold here, no snow. Any advice would be appreciated. Planting Mums in the Ground- Transplanting Them. The best time to repot a chrysanthemum is when the plant is actively growing in autumn. Wait until the early spring to transplant mums. I live in zone 5 (Morris, IL). Submitted by peggy anderson on October 29, 2016 - 10:03am. First - mums are hardy so you have a lot of flexibility with this plant. Should I just cut it back? When is the best time to transplant Mums? I live in Zone 5-IL, too, and I overwinter many perennials in the garage, against a house wall, where it's warmer. It prefers slightly acid soil (pH 6.5) but will adjust to most garden soil. I live in Mi,,got a mum plant as a gift. I live in an apartment in San Diego and recently purchased mums and have them in pots. Submitted by komodo on May 21, 2015 - 1:59pm. Think of them as disposable holiday decor, along with the pumpkins you buy for Halloween or otherwise. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on October 1, 2013 - 1:14pm. These tiny flies are commonly found in houseplants or outdoor plants grown in greenhouses or large-scale nurseries. I figured that if they didn't come back, I wasn't out that much money and it took very little time to plant them...well worth the try. Submitted by The Editors on August 15, 2016 - 1:27pm. It was tiny but now in early October, it is gigantic and has hundred of tiny buds on it. Peonies are a good example of a plant that prefers to be transplanted in autumn if it must happen at all. There are lots of opinions, based on experience, on overwintering because often something works once, but conditions—weather, plant environment, plant health, etc.—at another time or place may never exactly match the original. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on November 10, 2014 - 2:27pm. Mow that I have read all your blog posts I'm thinking all the hard work will have been for nothing. You may be watering too much. Water chrysanthemums frequently, because they have a shallow root system that … Potted chrysanthemums, often known as florist’s mums, are usually gift plants appreciated for their showy, colorful blooms. That's where I overwinter most of my potted plants. I planted them and within a week started to die. About once a month give them some water to keep the soil moist. If you want ‘mum plants in the ground, plant them in the spring. In colder climates you need to store the mums in a dark cool place over the winter months. Should I transfer them to bigger pots? Mums aren't even out in any garden centers here yet. After the bloom fades, cut the stems back into the fuller portion of the plant. Submitted by Elodia Mercier on August 24, 2015 - 11:38am. It is now sept.18 is it ok to plant them for the fall, and if so how long will the blooms keep before they turn brown. You must have JavaScript enabled to use this form. I really want them to bloom in the fall like they're suppose to. 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. lol, Submitted by Sheilah Perry-R... on September 19, 2018 - 8:50am. Planting Location Should we prune? They probably will make it. Submitted by Monika on December 1, 2017 - 5:30pm, Hello Apparently, Mammoth [TM] Mums were developed at the University of Minnesota. The following are extra-hardy mums. Are mums generally available at garden centers in the spring? Space the holes about 18 to 24 inches (45 to 50 cm) apart to make sure the flowers have room to grow without getting tangled up. Hi, I live in Hawaii where the temperatures range in the 70's and 80's. Water them through winter in my Thanks for the help. Every year in the fall, I suffer a bout of mum madness when garden centers and big boxes brim with cheery chrysanthemums. Turn the soil again immediately before planting. Usually, mums bloom in fall. 3 years ago. Just yesterday I planted them in my garden. In the natural environment, chrysanthemums bloom in late summer and autumn, but florist’s mums are often tricked to bloom at a specific time, often by use of hormones or special lighting. (Be sure to buy mums with lots of unopened buds so that they last longer into the fall season.). Mums are common gift plants found year around, as they have been tricked into blooming by hormones or manipulation of light exposure. I've planted them in the ground before and they all died. Want to give your mum her best shot at overwintering? I live in southeastern Louisiana. The basement, most diffently! There is no plant that will add the color that mums can. Many gardeners toss them out when they're finished blooming, but chrysanthemums (Dendranthema x grandiflora), better known as mums, are perennials that can thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. Am I supposed to prune it back? Do I plant now or keep them in garage? :), Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on October 30, 2014 - 3:28pm. Fertilize monthly. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on January 29, 2014 - 8:42pm. Some only make it one more season, some make it 2, but some actually bloom a third time. we typically have frost sometimes into may - so i still have some weeks to go. I live in Kansas. I am writing this on September 19, 2018, and these mums are still hardy and getting ready to bloom. I bought some potted mums from Home Depot in early October here in middle TN. I have around 25 mums in the ground, lots of blooms. Mums grow best with full morning sun, at least 5-6 hours daily. For example:  I currently have 2 pots that are blooming, probably for their last year. I have big beautiful mums in pots on my front Thank you!! Happy growing! Submitted by Nickie on November 2, 2020 - 3:17pm. Is their anything I can do to try to protect them so they won't die. Basement is never dark. I want to invest and not lose pretty mail order varieties as the ones in the store re just blah and a round bush. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on October 2, 2013 - 4:53pm. Submitted by Linda Pilon on September 15, 2014 - 12:50am. bought a pot of 9 inch mums can I keep them in the house ?? We had a very cold winter for this area (most days out of school anyone ever seems to remember) somehow 2 of these boogers survived and are now about triple the size they were last year. Submitted by Faye ann on October 29, 2014 - 3:58pm, I have 8 mums and I am seeing that it looks best to wait till spring to plant them. After the mums start to turn brown, cut them back to within 1 inch of the soil. I plant them in August which now I know I should plant them in May. Not sure what to do, Submitted by The Editors on May 20, 2015 - 7:55am. Hello, Hi, Joe, As the blog post above explains, mum—er, chysanthemums—purchased in the fall season are not suitable for planting. Wait until next April-May and buy smal plants at garden centesr, which carry them early in the season. Not everybody has it as good as you do! I will drive up there and have a look. Your mums should have started to grow by now. You can order rooted cuttings from catalogs. Leave the foliage on the plants until spring. Submitted by Shenie. Good article, makes sense. Submitted by CHaas on October 20, 2013 - 10:31pm. This year my hubby cut the plants to only about 3 inches sticking out of the ground - I freeked and was sure I would not see my mums again - but back they are pretty as ever tho a little leggier than they use to be before he did that. Submitted by Jim Garreau on December 14, 2014 - 12:33pm. In the winter, cut your mums nearly to the ground to protect them from frost. Porch. Submitted by Pam Coley on September 8, 2011 - 11:53am. Oct 4, 2016 - How to Divide & Transplant Mums. Submitted by The Editors on August 15, 2016 - 1:24pm. and planted them when they are just budding and even after they are spent, but not dead, in Aug., Sept. and Oct. Every single one of them has returned each spring and they are healthy and HUGE. So you have to protect them from cold but also avoid rotting the roots or crown by trapped excess moisture. Garage will work. I bought garden mums in November and have had them in the house until now (mid-December). Tuck the mums in beds, borders or planters to keep the color coming until frost. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on September 8, 2011 - 4:15pm. Submitted by Mike Rose on September 18, 2018 - 8:11pm. Aug 27, 2018 - How to Divide & Transplant Mums. More Galleries of Transplanting Mums :. One factor to consider, when you are thinking about the best time for transplanting big plants, is whether you will need to root prune. Check out our Growing Guide for Chrysanthemums for growing and care tips. Growing Mums from Cuttings. Submitted by Weebea on October 10, 2013 - 8:35am. I don't often see landscaping with mums in residential areas, I mostly see pots straddling a porch and then in compost piles. If I take care of my recently purchased potted mums in the basement as you suggest, and plant them in the spring, when will they bloom? Funny I live in Iowa and my mum's were on the north side of the house.They over wintered just fine no special care for winter.fertilized in spring and they grew into huge bushes! Last September/October, I spent about $75 on mums to fill in spaces in my garden and decorate my front porch for fall. THEN you can plant in the ground with little worry. I have bought those $1.98 mums at Walmart, the grocery, etc. August19,1998 Our Mums have expanded greatly we need to know how to divide and replant and when to do this. They are bare root plants, very little at this time. That is why mums are best planted in the spring. My question is can I plant them in the ground or should I replant them in pots a littler larger that the pots they are in The spring is the ideal time to transplant mums into the ground. Submitted by Brenda Filippi on October 22, 2014 - 9:59am. Submitted by The Editors on August 21, 2013 - 4:15pm. Take a new, green cutting with several sets of leaves, cutting just below a set of leaves. I deadhead them as often as I can. Mums also do best in well-drained soil. I've read so many conflicting things. Many gardeners toss them out when they're finished blooming, but chrysanthemums (Dendranthema x grandiflora), better known as mums, are perennials that can thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. I didn't get around to preparing soil in new landscape area. They don't grow well in very wet soil, but newly transplanted plants benefit from a 1-inch-thick layer of lightweight mulch spread over their roots during their first summer in the garden. Both ways have worked fine and year after year I have returning show of rainbows of mums. When should I plant my bloomed mums? No, you don't have to dig them up. Do I cut it down for winter and cover it? Should I just throw them away or is there a chance I could still plant them in the Spring? But now that they are blooming again, should I wait to put them away in the garage when frost first appears on the ground? How much do I Prune back and when, Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on October 30, 2014 - 3:33pm. You can plant the mums in the ground or you can repot them if they seem potbound. The mums are outside in our front landscaping. Spring is the best time to divide mums; just wait until the danger of frost has passed and new leaf growth appears before lifting them from the ground. Last September/October, I spent about $75 on mums to fill in spaces in my garden and decorate my front porch for fall. Submitted by Leticia medina on September 6, 2015 - 4:26am, I am from el paso texas and I just bought a big autumn mum can I leave it in its own pot ? Planting Mums in Soil Plant in the early spring. Submitted by Cait on August 6, 2014 - 1:05pm. Thanks for info. Submitted by patricia m. hull on September 18, 2014 - 12:58pm. Love your blog. I don't know when to plant them,but wal mart just put them out,how to take care of them. I planted my Mum plant on mother's day and now it is late August and it has tripled in size. I didn't do anything to it in the Fall. It survived our mild Indiana winter and is growing tall, again. It's also adviced to pinch off the tops of stems in the spring to ecourage bushier growth and more flowers. How or can I winter those over?? Is it the ph level in the soil? After the ground has frozen, spread 4 to 6 inches of mulch around the plant. Submitted by The Editors on November 2, 2016 - 1:05pm. Before freezing weather occurs, give the mums you hope to overwinter a high phosphorus fertilizer to stimulate root growth. I would like to try to overwinter my hardy mums but would like your advice as to the best place. I have planted them near end of October- fairly deep and I have left the potted plant out where it was placed and ignored it and planted in spring. I am a beginner gardner, living in western maryland, and is it possible being beginning of June to plant mum seeds in the near future and expect fall blooms? It will be a madness of yellow if they all bloom before the frost. You can bring them inside for the winter, and plant next spring. Submitted by Reen52 on August 27, 2013 - 5:49pm. Lv 4. Hi. Leave a gap between the base of the stems and the layer of mulch to let moisture evaporate from the soil. Pick a spot with full sun and soil with good drainage. Inspect the plant and locate clumps with healthy roots attached to new stem growth. Submitted by Maureen Haggadone on September 22, 2014 - 10:26am. Mums are the spectacle of fall. I am putting it in my front porch when should I transplant it into bigger pot? I have dug out plants from a flower bed by one of my sheds. They can be transplanted from pots to the ground in early spring … My question is this - Do Mum plants grow like a bush and very large and if so, how do I transplant some of it? Submitted by bob grant on October 17, 2014 - 6:57pm, Where can u get chrysanthemums in Oct n what care is needed, Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on October 22, 2014 - 3:57pm. Submitted by lkens on November 10, 2014 - 9:28am. Garage and plant in late April? I live in the deep south Submitted by The Editors on August 10, 2015 - 2:50pm. I need help.It is October 21 here,so if I bring them home what do I do.I have a heated garage. Also, thanks for posting this picture of landscaping with mums. Lamahewa on October 2, 2013 - 7:00pm, I bought a beautiful Mum about two weeks back & yes I went mad when I saw the beautiful fuller looking plants. Submitted by Candace Buckner on March 11, 2016 - 4:44pm. Still were growing when we sold the house. Is it too late to feed them now, will it do any good? Surround the plant with more newspaper to keep it insulated from drafts. Dividing and Transplanting Chrysanthemums. Jim, it's too late to plant mums unless you live in Zone 9. thank you. Do it as soon as you can. Should I Prune them now or. Can I prevent it? When to Repot Mums Spring is the best time to repot most plants. Thank you, Submitted by The Editors on September 10, 2015 - 4:59pm. Garden mums will survive in ... Shear the flowers from the potted mums with hand pruners. When should I plant them and how much shade can they stand???? Trim continuously starting now but not beyond July 4th? The temperature in my garage dips down into the 20's but the basement usually stays in the 60's. Should we add more mulch at some point? I planted my little mum given to me on Mother's day. Let us know next spring if the mums made it throught winter. Submitted by pann1221 on November 24, 2013 - 5:01pm, hi doreen & almanac staff- this info is great! Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on March 29, 2014 - 8:41pm. I bought 2 huge mums because I too go nuts in the fall when I see them. Submitted by Phebelyn on November 16, 2015 - 11:14am. In spring, you can prune out the dead leaves before the new ones start to develop. See my message to Bob. Spring often works well, and fall is one of the transplanting seasons of choice. Thanks for confirming that doubt. Submitted by The Editors on October 11, 2016 - 9:29pm. Now, I've read these plants can get 3ft tall the second year and I've planted it in the front of my flower bed where it's hiding other plants. Submitted by Sheryl Bermundo on March 28, 2014 - 11:13pm. In the spring, acclimate plants to light gradually and set them out in the garden after the last killing frost. This should be after the threat of freezing is over but … I want to buy everything and plant! For outdoor varieties, add extra mulch to protect the plant and add moisture. We live in Connecticut and dug our mums up for the winter. I think i will also cover them with a frost protection wrap as well. Dig a planting hole for each potted mum that is the same depth as the pot and 1 1/2 times as wide. Then, cut the plants back to 1 inch. Submitted by HOT lady on September 8, 2011 - 8:08am. Spring is the best time. It doesn't get very cold here. Submitted by Darla on July 18, 2018 - 7:21pm. Here’s how to keep your mums alive through winter! I live in Victoria, BC (rainforest) I have no sheltered areas to put it into the ground or pot-it rains too much and will kill it. I know this should have been done in spring, but since they have no room anyway, will it hurt to move them over 20 feet to a more open area this time of year? Although the process is simple, you must do it at the right time of year to ensure success. Hi, Pat, It sounds like you got lucky. By the way, my sister lives in Morris/Coal City.! I just learned a lot from reading this info!!! I will do that. When clumps grow too large, divide them in late fall or early spring, and replant. Division is one of the best propagation methods for all varieties of chrysanthemums, because the new plant will be just the same as the original plant. Good luck! (If you do decide to cut off the foliage, wait until it turns brown. Place the plant in the hole and fill with garden soil and existing soil. If you live in a warmer climate, you may transplant any time of the year, provided there is no chance of frost. Mums are ideal for containers because of their shallow root systems. I have them outside in their original plastic pots. I have planted in ground in the past but they either don't come up or come up very straggly the next sping,, although I have seen other peoples mums come up year after year thru our cold winters full and bigger and ive noticed that they are planted close to the house foundation im assuming the heat of the house and the sun hitting the cement foundation keeps the plant not as cold during the winter,,should I plant by the foundation,,keep in pots in the cool dark basement and plant in the spring,,or leave in the garage in pots that might only get to 10deg,on our coldest days?? basement over the winter and I plant the in the spring ,will I be Submitted by Kimberly D Martin on November 5, 2014 - 7:33am. Sep 12, 2018 - How to Divide & Transplant Mums. I've divided them each spring for the past two years. Well over 40 years ago, my husband was given a pot of mums while in the hospital. Mulch the plants thickly with shredded leaves or straw. For tips on dividing and transplanting your mums, keep reading! Both types come from the same original parent, a golden-yellow daisy-like mum from China. Prune in the spring and cut back all brown or dead growth. Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on September 15, 2014 - 4:24pm. They are still blooming. The reason being that mums planted late in the season are near or at the flowering stage, and they don’t put energy into growing roots to sustain plants through the winter. I really don't want to waste money if these are going to die. Last yr I bought 20- 4" potted fall mums from our hardware store for $20 , the store wanted rid of them, and they were still quite pretty , yes I got carried away lol. The mums get the afternoon sun which is very hot. A lifelong gardener shares the endless lessons she’s learned from her garden over the years, in hopes of making your own gardening just that much easier! They need to go dormant. If the mum gets pot-bound, you should switch it to another container. i live near to shevport LA. Thanks. Surround the plant with newspapers and place newspapers below the pot. What should I do with them for this winter? But, I'm betting it's too much water. I guess the best thing to do now is heavily mulch these babies & Pray. Wrap the roots in moistened newspaper while preparing a place to transplant them, whether in pots or your garden bed. 2 is expected. 9/7/96-Host Sue Gray divides and plants new mums in the studio garden. Mums grow slowly over the summer. I did plant them pretty in a well established flower bed. Amend and work the soil if needed before transplanting your mums into the ground. Submitted by MAN on November 8, 2014 - 10:16am. But, when the blooms brown, heap lots of mulch around plants. Why do they sell them in the fall??? Submitted by Paula TT on August 16, 2015 - 12:30pm, I live in Ontario Canada, gardening zone 5a. Dig a nice size hole and fill with the plant the cover with mulch. It had some good advice. It gets pretty cold in the winter. There's still some dead growth from last year. I like having all these reds, oranges, and yellows in the fall, which is why I also get sucked into buying them. Early spring is recommended … but with care, and continued mild weather, you might be ok. Or, plant some now and some later. Love your blog! I was given a potted mum as a hostess gift. I was told my mums would bloom again if I planted them in my yard late in October. This helps to insulate roots. Water pots every 2-3 weeks to keep roots hydrated. Water well and mulch thickly. Every few years, I need new mums to replace the old. It's hard to resist pots of garden mums (Chrysanthemum x morifolium or Dendranthema x grandiflorum) loaded with colorful blossoms. Dig a planting hole for each potted mum that is the same depth as the pot and 1 1/2 times as wide. thanks again sorry for the ramble :), Submitted by Doreen G. Howard on November 24, 2013 - 6:14pm. I just purchased 5 mums in pots from home depot can I leave them in their pots in direct sunlight? Do this after they have been killed … Submitted by The Editors on October 18, 2016 - 11:52am. Transplanting Mums: Depending on what zone you live in, you should transplant your mums only in the spring. I live in Texas and we have had 3 really bad freezes and ice this year. I replanted a mum from a pot into the ground in December. Submitted by robert desautels on October 12, 2014 - 1:39pm, I live in new England state rhode island to be exact zone 6A,im getting conflicting answers on what to do with my potted mums for the winter,,plant in ground now in October,or not to plant in ground ? Place in a west or south-facing window for the winter. I found this site helpful. (Marcia Westcott Peck/Special to The Oregonian) Rainy as it's been, spring has sprung and that means gardening are ramping up. Which place would be best? This site is super! Now spring is almost here and I want to start mums from seeds indoors and then transplant into bigger pots so I'll have plenty of blooming mums when September and October roll around. When it finished blooming before winter arrives trim it back and in the spring it will come back. Illinois Zone 5 I slink off to the refuge of my car or the plumbing department to avoid further embarrassment. Cut off the dead stems and leaves when you see the first green shoots in spring. I want to plant them but know it’s 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.