How to Plant Potted Mums Outdoors to Grow as Perennials
Tips for planting potted chrysanthemums outdoors in your garden. Not all mums work but some will grow perenially.
Melissa J. Will
potted, hardy variety
Plant 6-8 weeks before first fall frosts.
Choose healthy potted chrysanthemums with no sign of wilt or browning. Ideally, they are budding but not yet blooming. They must be winter hardy.
Choose a full sun location (6 hours of sun per day) with well-draining soil.
Before planting, snip off the buds or flowers so the plant puts its energy into root production.
Plant at same soil depth as it was in the container.
Water deeply, and continue watering right up until frosts begin.
Add a few inches of mulch at frost time.
Resume watering in spring. Check if ‘pinching back’ is recommended for your variety to encourage blooms in fall.
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