Answer: You can certainly plant mums in containers however I would not expect them to survive the winter outdoors in a container. If you bring it into a protected but cool location such as a garage for the winter, it might survive and could be divided and planted in the garden in the spring. Bring it in in late fall after freeziong weather has started and take it back out in very early spring once the worst of winter has passed. Keep the soil just barely damp while it is indoors. Mums require full sun, evenly moist yet well drained soil and regularly pinching to develop into nice full blooming plants for the fall season.
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