Will mums that are in a pot survive a Michigan winter.

I have a mum in a planter and I am not sure if I should leave it in the pot or plant it in the ground. I have not had good luck with them coming back the next year.

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  • Barbara Adams Barbara Adams on Oct 29, 2017
    Plant your mums in the ground. Cut them down to about 2 inches and then put a lot of leaves or grass clipping over them. Sometimes they come back. Good luck.

  • Chances are mums are considered an annual in your area. Even though there are perennial mums, it just may be too cold for them to survive. How about checking with your local Ag Extension to see what they recommend?

  • Joanna Smith Joanna Smith on Oct 29, 2017
    Take it out of the pot and hang it upside-down in a cool, dark place. Then re-pot and water in April, put in a sunny indoor spot until all threats of frost are over. 90% of them come back, but don't be surprised if it doesn't. Mums are fussy. This technique also works for geraniums and can buy you three to four years of not having to buy new ones.

  • Monica Monica on Oct 29, 2017
    Probably not. The ones on the ground do much better

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 30, 2017
    If you leave it in the pot the roots will freeze with the below zero weather you will get. You can plant it pot and all in the ground and take it up next year when the weather is warm enough for the plant to survive. With watering it will do fine in the ground until the weather is warm. Chances are great it will survive the winter fine planted in the ground or in the ground in its pot. There are some mums that are considered annuals and some that are considered a perennial in the north. I am a been there done that with overwintering plants in a pot. The only ones that survive are my strawberries, nothing else but mint has ever come back for me!

  • Judy Judy on Oct 30, 2017
    Not likely, first of all, make sure the mum's that you have, are preannual's, do not get just the annual mum's. This will be good for just one season. Plant these plants in the ground as fast as you read this, and put leaves on it, and then I put a pail, or styrofoam box on top of it, and put bricks on top, to hold it down, with the winter winds. Yes, I was raised in MI also, so I know what you mean. Are you in the upper or lower area of MI. Stay warm this yr., for this yr will be a very different season than normal. Best wishes, J.

  • Kelly Denoyer Russell Kelly Denoyer Russell on Oct 30, 2017
    it will die for sure in the pot. Some mums are not perennials And even if they are I still find they are fussy and they never return.