My hubby got me a BIG hardy mum last year for sweetest day, I put it in the bedroom to overwinter because it is cool and bright. I checked the other day and I have NEW GROWTH!!!!! How long before I bring it out into the warmth of the living room?I don't want to bring it back out before its time, but how long should I wait?
I doubt that your bedroom is that much colder than your living room that it would make much difference what room you keep it in--clearly the bedroom is warm enough that it started putting out new growth. So I would put it wherever you want it as long as there's adequate light.
There is no heat at all in the bedroom, the only heat is from the window when the sun comes in, I don't use the bedroom in the winter because we shut it off from the rest of the house. We use the pellet stove and that is the only source of heat we use, so the mums are sitting in a chair as close to the window as we can put it because there is a heater that is on the floor and if it gets too cold it might kick on. We have the breaker shut off because we can't afford the electricity to run it it would cost too much. So we have the mums on the chair and right in front of the window so the sunlight will hit it. The living room is way warmer but there is the fact of not much room. I already have one air plant, one mother-in-law's tongue,6 moonflower vine seedlings,3 daturas on my computer desk, I don't have room on there for anything else. I could put it on the television tray, I might try that. By the way, how do you keep a very tall mother-in-law's tongue plant from falling over?
However cold your bedroom is, it's obviously warm enough that the mum is starting to put out new growth. That's why I don't think moving it to the living room if that's where you want it will make any different. But there's also no harm in keeping it where it is since it seems to be happy--your original post made it sound like you'd rather have it in the living room but if that's not the case then leave it where it is.
Just leave it alone. It's surviving the best it can in low light, and what you think are dead stems may be ones that still have a spark of life in them. When you put it outside in spring, you may want to harden it off first by setting it in full shade for a week before planting it out... otherwise, the weak indoor growth will get sunburnt and die off. Later on, as it builds strength, you could start pruning it to shape.
Outdoor plants should really be planted outdoors where they will get the light conditions they need.
My outdoor mums are supposed to withstand(and love) full sun. What I can't wrap my head around is why they get bad sunburn to the point the leaves turn brown all across. Its been 3 years now, and it never has failded to produce wonderful purple flowers.
Bloomfly, there is a big difference in the 'full sun' in Palmdale (inland, high desert, southern California) and some milder area. It gets really hot, and stays hot for a long time, so it is not just the sun, but the drying effect of the heat and low humidity.
I would suggest you try growing Mums in a fair amount of morning sun and late afternoon sun, but try shading them from the hottest hours of the sun.
emptyeyes, if you have not already moved the Mum into a warmer room, I would do so, when the new growth starts. Checking the dates on your posts, this would have been pretty much any time in Feb. Put it in the brightest spot, even a full southern window (in the winter and early spring). If that is the bedroom, then leave it there, even if it is a cold room.
If it is your intent to plant it in the garden, I would wait until all chance of frost is past, then acclimate it in a shaded location as suggested.
I would cut off the old stems, now that you can see where the new growth is coming from.
I understand how cold that room can be. My aunt and uncle warmed their house with a wood burning stove, and regularly shut the doors of the unused rooms. Those rooms got really COLD. They opened the door to begin warming the room in the morning so it would be comfortable by night time when I visited them! Still, they also had plants in there that were wintering indoors, pretty much dormant, or at least not growing, just holding their leaves. But when the days started to lengthen the plants would start to grow.
I may have made a mistake, I hope not a fatal one, my mums did have new growth and I brought them into the living room, and then the new growth wilted so I pulled it off and threw it away and put it back into the bedroom. I have kept a eye on them but no new growth yet, did I kill it? I see none at all, I put it on a box so it can get more sunshine and checked the soil and it is still damp. The daytime temps are getting warmer and I don't think we are going to get below freezing at night anymore(not sure, you know how mother nature can be). So what should I do? I would like to plant it but as I have trees all around the house, I am not sure where I can put it that it gets full sun. Should I put the water that has miracle-gro in it on the mums next time I water it? Help would be appreciated, I sure hope I did not do a stupid thing when I pulled off the wilted greenery.
I will try Diana, but I will have to shade them manually since they are out in the middle of the front garden.It may be possible it has some sort of root rot. Have you repotted lately? Or checked the roots? It also could be the change of enviroment(The cooler bright bedroom, to the warmer living room). I am jsut learning mums, so I cannot say anything for sure.
It was in the high 60's today and the low 50's tonight, is it alright to leave my mums out? I have them beside the front door and they are shaded most of the time. Still no growth, but I am hopeful. It is supposed to stay in the 50's and 60's most of the time at night and the 60's and 70's during the day.
It is April and still no new growth, my hubby says to toss them and he will get me new ones, do you think that is a good idea? When he does I will tell him to make sure he gets one that I can plant in the ground. The one I have now has brown, just brown everywhere. What is your opinion? I scraped the trunk and there is no green at all.
Hello everybody! I'm a newcomer. I have got a hardy mum a couple of years ago and I put it in a cold place, cut short overgrown branches, waited patiently until the groung got dried, watered it and then sprayed it with phytohormones to make it bloom. Soon it was all covered with buds. Good luck! (Sorry for my poor English, it's because of little practice)