Saving Your Mums For Next Year

Have your mums had it for the year? Want to keep them for next year and save a few dollars? While many people treat mums as annuals, with a little effort you can save these perennials year to year. It is best to plant them in the spring so that they can establish roots for the long haul, but even if you planted your mums in the late summer, save them by cutting the stems back to about 4-6 inches from the ground and mulching them well to about 4 inches in depth. Always plant mums in well-drained soil, too much excess water can freeze around the roots can cause you to lose them. Next year, pinch back new growth to the second set of leaves through the summer to prevent early blooming. If your mums are in a pot, cut back and mulch and place in an unheated garage or outbuilding, watering occasionally to keep the soil moist but not wet, then in the spring do the same as with your planted mums.  Check out the winter landscape at Schoepfle Garden 8 – 4:30 every day all winter long.

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