Garden mums v. Hardy mums

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

I understand that there are those that overwinter and those that wont. But I love some of the ones I see in the grocery store's flower section--I figured it would be ok to plant one outside in a container, and either bring the container in for the winter, or just look at it as an annual. So I did, and shortly after, all the flowers faded. I moved it from full sun to partial shade, and the flowers turned brown and crispy...so I deadheaded, thinking it would try again. Nope. So now all I have is foliage. Should I have just left it indoors???

Deep South Texas, TX(Zone 9a)

Now is the time to let your plant put out foliage. As the days continue to shorten it will start forming buds. Although, if you allow it to have light in the night (street lamp, car lights, etc) it will delay, if not out-and-out stop it from forming buds.

HTH,

Donna

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Yikes--I gotta remember to plop a box over it every night before bed? The backyard lights are on a timer! Maybe I will just bring it inside and tuck it in every night in the dark.

Deep South Texas, TX(Zone 9a)

Whatever works to get you some blooms! ;- >

Donna

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

I agree. I mean, after all, I tuck in my dogs every night, and my plants are my babies, too! LOL

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