Storing Hardy Mums Indoors for Winter - Knowledgebase Question

Wall, NJ
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Question by armentm
November 3, 1997
Is it possible to store hardy mums in pots in a basement for the winter, rather than planting them in the ground and mulching over? Do they need to be cut back to 2 inches like when their kept outside all winter?

Answer from NGA
November 3, 1997
You can store them inside in a cool (~40-45F), dimly lit place for the winter to make sure they have their winter "beauty rest". If you've been feeding your mums, stop now, and gradually reduce watering. When the foliage has faded, cut it back to the soil surface and bring them inside. Check occasionally to make sure the soil doesn't dry out completely. When spring nights remain above freezing, repot, and put them outside. Eventually, you can divide them to increase their numbers. Enjoy!

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