From the post on Facebook What’s the secret with getting the mums to come back every year I’ve never had luck with that?
From the post on Facebook Good luck friends! I have had many people tell me regardless of what type they have planted, they have not come back. I suggested a lot of mulch (straw, leaves, etc.) to a former student but never heard how they did after that. Maybe Becky Kerndt Litterer has some suggestions!
So this is what I know. It all depends on the mum plant. Yes, there are some annual mums and some perennials mums. I was told a long time ago from a perennial grower that the fall mums you get all ready grown out have been breed for color and size that the hardness has been changed. Also a lot of the energy of that plant is used up to get the finish mum plants you see. It will be hard to get them to root well when you plant in the fall. I am wondering if enough energy left in the plant to plant them in the spring, if you keep the potted mums alive during the winter.
Mums are a herbaceous plant, which means it grows from the roots or the crown. So that is what will have to live thru the winter for the plant to come back. They need a strong root system and the crown safe from freezing in the winter.
As I have said, it depends on the mum plant that you are planting.
This is what I know, for what it is worth. Enjoy your mums in the season that it blooms if it is now in a pot or from spring planting and in the ground.
Till next time, this is Becky Litterer, Becky’s Greenhouse, Dougherty Iowa firstname.lastname@example.org 641-794-3337 cell 641-903-9365