The Q&A Archives: Bringing Mums Inside For The Winter

Question: What do I have to do to the mums when I bring them in for the winter ,so I can plant them in the spring ? Will they keep ? How offten do I water them ? Someone told me that they rest during the winter in the cellar not to do anything to them and in the spring plant them outside and they'll be fine and bloom . Is this true ?

Answer: It's possible, if your cellar has just the right temperautre and humidity. (Modern basements are often too warm.) Generally speaking it is best to plant hardy mums in the ground where they will overwinter successfully in a well drained location, especially if they are planted early enough to become well established before the truly cold weather hits. Trying to keep perennials indoors is a bit tricky, but you may be able to do it. You need to find a spot that is quite cool but not freezing, say about 40 degrees, and allow the plants to go dormant. Keep the soil barely moist but never wet -- if it is too wet they will possibly rot. In spring as soon as the weather moderates, plant them outdoors. Good luck with your mums!

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