Asked on Nov 8, 2019

Is it the right time of year to plant mums now?

BethKelli L. MilliganLifestyles Homes


I live in the Atlanta area in Georgia, and the evening temperatures have already gotten down into the 30’s. Is it safe to plant them now?

5 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Nov 8, 2019

    Hi Jackie, whenever I have questions on anything plant related I always head to the farmer's almanac. I tried planting mums in the fall here in northern MN but our climate is just way too harsh. I think you'll be good to go in Georgia though:

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Nov 8, 2019

    I would probably not plant them anymore this year... once there is a danger of a hard frost at night, it'll just harm them.

  • Lifestyles Homes
    on Nov 8, 2019

    You’ll have to cover them at night and water them with warm, not hot, water.

    It’s going to be a bad winter north of you and I’m not sure how Atlanta is going to be.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Nov 14, 2019

    At this point call your local nursery for best advice. Make sure they are hardy mums or they are just annuals. Most mums in my experience don't come back. I just enjoy then toss.

  • Beth
    on Nov 14, 2019

    Hey, Jackie. I'm from Atlanta, too, although now I live in Huntsville, AL, just a little north of you, but still in the same planting zone I think. There are two kinds of mums -- annuals and perenials. Make sure you get perenials, because sometimes they aren't marked and you have to ask.

    I buy perenials every fall for the large pots by our front walkway. Once we get a hard freeze that ruins the flowers, I transplant them in a flower bed, cut them back to the ground, and water them. The roots do not seem to be affected, as each year they have come back. My "mum bed" is growing!

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