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?
By the way, how do you keep a very tall mother-in-law's tongue plant from falling over?
Transplant it to a larger, wider pot so that the pot and soil are heavy enough to balance the top growth.
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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.
Should I cut any of the dead stems off? When I put it in there the only thing I did is cut off the dead blooms, should I cut them off any more or just leave it alone?
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.
Lol, I said failded.I second nel's statement, its proven to be a weakpoint in my house, where most windows are north or south facing.
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.
I have my mums in the ground year round. They do wonderfully well. I see teeny, tiny leaves starting on them. They are in full sun, as well.
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)
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Congrats anele, I am starting my own mums, I hope I have the same luck.
Always good to see new faces! Are you mums in pots? I believe temperatures in Moscow can get below 0 in winter( pleas correct me if I am wrong Lol)
Me again,lol! He bought me some Goldenrod Yellow this time, they have been in the house because we may have to move and I was wanting to take them with me, some of the blooms have started to turn brown but there are buds that have not opened yet, if I clip the brown ones off will that make the buds bloom? I was thinking after it blooms all the way and starts to go dormant can I just sit it outside and let it stay out there all winter? It says it is a garden mum which is quite hardy, but some of the posts that I have read say just sit it outside and it will come back. Again I live in zone 6 and they say it is supposed to be more snowy and colder than last winter. Here is a pic of them. This is when he first got them for me.
If you are sure the brown buds are dead, it would not hurt to trim them off. My purple mums, with the burned leaves once again, lol, are in full bloom. Tomorrow I will try for a picture, as the blossoms are beginning to fade. There are few whole leaves on the plant right now, which it always has had during blooming, for whatever reason. Good luck with your new yellow mums!
My aunt gave me a small pot of mums today(November3,2013), I took the foil off of them and have them sitting right next to the others. They feel like they don't need any water right now, I don't have any more big pots to set them in, so how do I keep them alive until next spring? Could I pile the leaves around the pot and somehow try to keep the roots alive?
These are the mums that my aunt gave me, they are supposed to be hardy mums but it is too late to plant them and I don't have a larger pot to insulate them in. They are called Belgian Mums, Sonoma Coral. I will try to find a bigger pot to insulate them in, I sure won't have a shortage of leaves to tuck in if I find a larger one. If not, could someone clue me in to how I could protect them from the cold and still leave them outside?
I occasionally use old cloth towels or sheets to cover plants overnight. it works well here in California, since our average lows(in my location, Palmdale) are 20-30F. It is getting close to winter, so I will need to gather some towels, and suck up my ash tree's leaves to use as winter protection this year. It might be worth a shot to try it in your location,empty, but I don't know how it will work. Good luck!
could I set them in a bucket and put something in there for them to set on? I could pile the leaves around them like I did for that other mum. It would leave the top part where the mums are open so they can get watered, but be far enough up so the water would still drain out of the pot. If that sounds like a good idea let me know.
Well, here it is spring and I was out looking at these mums, the one pot is light and the other one is very heavy. Do you think I should get more soil and repot it into a larger pot? I don't see any greenery yet, so I am thinking I need to get them out of the potting soil that they were ina nd get them some fresh soil, should I be seeing greenery on them yet?
I got a mum from my the other day because it was our anniversary, it is mixed, half yellow and half purple, it bloomed inside for awhile and then decided to go dormant, I have it outside now in the pot and it is against the south wall of the house, it is around a corner and if I can remember out of the wind. I did not cover it or pinch the dead blooms off, I read that it can help it if you do not cut the stems off. It froze last night, at least I think it did, I know is snowed, do you think it will come back next spring if I leave it there? It is supposed to be a hardy mum but by the time I got it, it was too late to plant it in the ground. It is inside a larger pot, is there something I can put in the space between the two pots to help it survive the winter? I tried leaves last winter but the weather was so cold that nothing I did helped the other ones. I even heaped snow on therm but they died anyway. But it got so cold last winter, I am surprised that anything survived, but any advice except bringing it in the house would be appreciated.
Around here (zone 9b) it gets cold enough for Mums to be dormant through the winter, then come back well as soon as the weather starts warming. It almost never snows, but occasionally gets below freezing at night. Does not stay that cold in the day. The soil does not freeze.
I think Mums can stay dormant even if the temperature is into the low 40s.
On the other end, your experience of poor recovery after a long winter of snow suggests that the Mums should be brought indoors, perhaps the garage, or onto a sheltered porch or covered patio. Somewhere they can be cool for a few months, but not freeze.
Containers will get colder than the soil.
In some snowy areas some plants do just fine covered with leaves or straw then a blanket of snow. Insulates them. But I think this works best in the ground.
You might try placing them in a cold frame. This is a box partially sunken in the soil and covered with glass (an old window is common). It is not all that warm in the winter, even with the sun shining right on the glass, but it is just enough to keep plants from freezing.
I got another mum this last year and kept it in the house, it finally started either dying or going dormant so I took it outside pot and all. Fast forward to October, I went around to the back of the house to get something and the mums happened to catch my eye, they had 3 new bunches of leaves on them, so my neighbor and I put it in the ground and I watered it real good from the bottom. Do you think it was too late or do you think it has a chance of coming back? I have never planted any mum in the ground, I did not cut the old stems off I read that it helps with trapping water for the plant to use? Any advice will help me out.
It will stay a little bit warmer in the soil than in a container.
I would cover it with leaves for a bit more insulation.
I covered it with leaves and a few sticks so the wind won't blow the leaves off, then another bunch of leaves and a few more sticks. I did that with my roses and they came back fine, lets hope the mums do the same. Thanks for the help Diana_K.
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I had leaves and sticks to protect the mums, but the wind blew it all off. Do I need to try to cover it with anything or just leave it alone? The temps here have gotten in the low 20s and we had snow flurries last night. Any advice would be appreciated. I did not cut any of the dead stems off, do you think that will help?