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!
Mums are offered with labels that indicate whether or not they are hardy mums. There are a few methods you can use to determine the species of a plant even if it does not have a label.
Miniature or dwarf mums are typically flower variants, and they prefer to be grown in shallow containers. The stems, leaf clusters, and flowers of ornamental mums are often significantly smaller than those of their hardy counterparts. Once the blooms on your mums have faded, it’s time to toss them in the compost bin.
Mums grown in larger containers are more likely to be long-lived, resilient garden mums. Although it’s not an exact science, a good rule of thumb is that if your mums are in pots that are at least 6 inches in diameter and 4 to 6 inches deep, and if they have huge blooms and leaf sets, they are likely hardy mums. That, of course, means you can save them.
The good news is that the majority of the mums that are sold in stores each autumn tend to be hardy mums. Due to their larger size and more bloom power, they are more appealing to consumers.
How to Save Hardy Garden Mums for the Following Season?
Let’s look at some simple ways to preserve hardy garden mums! Your mums’ present growth stage will determine which overwintering strategy is appropriate for them. The most common choice is to start with mums in pots.