If you want to decorate your home for autumn, mums are the way to go. But wow, what a hefty price tag! Especially when you consider how many mums are thrown away each year after their blooms have died from the cold.
However, that’s not how things have to be! Almost all of the mums available for purchase are sturdy perennials. With very little care, they may be planted in your landscape for a full year of growth, or use them to grow in pots and containers again next year for even bigger and greater fall displays.
With that in mind, here are some simple tips to conserving your fading mums this fall for next year!
1. How to Save Mums?
Making sure you’re working with the proper mum variety is the most crucial step in the process of saving them. For autumnal arrangements, you can choose between garden mums and flower mums. And they absolutely differ in terms of toughness.
Saving garden mums is possible. They may be kept alive and growing year after year with some fall maintenance. These mums are worth buying and preserving since they can be grown successfully in hardiness zones 5 through 9.
However, flowering mums aren’t at all winter hardy and should be avoided. They won’t return no matter how much you care about them. Their thin, delicate root systems cannot tolerate freezing temperatures. Any exposure to frost or cold temperatures will result in their swift demise.