Hardy mums

I live in Iowa, and have a hardy mum. Thinking about bringing it in this winter. Do I need to cut it back when I bring it in?
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  • Hannah V Hannah V on Oct 22, 2014
    I bet @The Garden Frog with C Renee might be able to help you with this!
  • hardy mums are best outside. If you want to bring it in, then yes, cutting it back would probably be best. Can I ask why you want to bring it in?
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    • @Vikki I am originally from IL so I an familiar with your zone. hardy mums do not like to be inside and they actually need the cold. If it is in a pot, then you can either plant it and mulch it or if it is starting to freeze already you can actually dig a hole and put the pot in the ground and mulch it over with a layer of leaves. I have lived in zone 7b for 11 years but in the freezing winters of the Midwest I had about 3 acres landscaped including my chicken and barn yards. I grew mums there and here. If it is a hardy mum then it will overwinter and be bigger next year!
  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Oct 23, 2014
    I second Renee's question. If it's a hardy mum, it should be fine outside, and happier than in.
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    • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Oct 28, 2014
      @Vikki In that case, follow Sandy Burrell's excellent advice below.
  • Sandy Burrell Sandy Burrell on Oct 23, 2014
    if you haven't planted it yet, and it's in Iowa, chances are it won't come back next year, even if you do plant it.... The best way to care for it would be to not cut it back, but let it get lightly frosted a few times to signal to it that it needs to go dormant. Then put it in an unheated storage building, water it sparingly a few times over the winter, just enough so it doesn't totally dry out, only like 4 times over the winter, then plant it in the spring in a sunny location. That would give it the best chance to come back, as then by next fall it would be well established.