|Have very large container mums that are nearly finished blooming and want to transplant to garden. Do I cut the stems way down first?
|Answer from NGA
November 15, 2010
|Go ahead and plant the mums in your garden. You can safely remove the spent flowers, but leave the stems and foliage alone. As long as they are green they are manufacturing food for the roots of the plants. After a heavy frost kills the stems and leaves you can prune them off the plant and then place a 4-5 inch layer of shredded leaves or other organic matter over the ground to help insulate the roots of the plant. Brush or rake away the organic matter in the spring. Good luck with your mums.
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