When to transplant mums in preparation for winter?

by For28762640

I have 2 containers of perrenial mums When & how should I plant them in the ground to winter over? I live in upstate NY

  6 answers
  • 4002639 4002639 on Sep 17, 2018

    You can plant them in the ground now if you want or just before the first frost.

    Hardy Mums will handle the first frost well. When the greenery begins to die back you can cut the plant back if you want. I never did, I left it in the ground all the time to grow. Just cover it with a breathable, plant protector that also allows light filtration. You can get these at Lowe's. I love them and even protect my small shrubbery from heavy snow and cold with them.

  • Em Em on Sep 17, 2018

    In cold regions, this is too late to plant mums and expect them to survive winter. The best time to plant fall purchased garden mums is the minute you buy them, which should be as soon as you see them for sale. Early planting—even as early as late August—helps plants develop a strong root system. If you plant now New York winters are a bit too brutal for new roots.

  • 1401470 1401470 on Sep 17, 2018

    First - mums are hardy so you have a lot of flexibility with this plant. Either transplant now or wait till it they finish blooming. Dig a nice size hole and fill with the plant the cover with mulch. When it finished blooming before winter arrives trim it back and in the spring it will come back.

  • Jan Jan on Sep 18, 2018

    50/50 chance they will survive. I have better luck with buying small plants in May and cut off blooms until the 4th of July. Mulch heavily after in November. I live in zone 5.

  • Amanda Amanda on Sep 25, 2018

    Hello. I live in WI and have planted mums in mid - late October. You just want to make sure you have a hardy mum. Some advertise that they are hardy when indeed they aren't.

  • Steven OBrien Steven OBrien on Sep 02, 2020

    I live in Iowa, so transplanting mums in October good and should i cut them back and cover them with leaves?