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Mums are everywhere in the fall and they make a tempting impulse buy when in full bloom. While mums will stay in flower for weeks, many gardeners do not realize there are hardy perennial mums that can be planted in the garden and will improve year after year. Maybe you’ve purchased mums labeled ‘hardy’ only to be disappointed the following spring when they didn’t survive. The key to a truly hardy mum is selecting the right variety and giving it time to establish itself in your garden, before winter comes. Here’s a quick tip to helping your garden mums survive the winter.

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August 10, 2008 at 11:19 am
(1) Cypress Branch Gardens says:

Here in zone 8 most are hardy for a few years. Tip: If you live near a mall or conference center make friends with the head gardener. They are always changing out their displays and most of the older plants (current season) are simply thrown away. When I lived in Atlanta neighbors were always asking how I could afford so many beautiful plants. It worked for me and will work for you. It also is a great form of recycling.

August 10, 2008 at 5:36 pm
(2) Butchrgt says:

Dear Marie,
I read several of articles on pruning Tomato Plants. What would be the effects of pruning a plant at the top?? My plants are already over 6feet tall, and I was hoping for strong main stalk/shoot. Will topping the plant hurt the harvest or help it?? My plants are not bushy and for the most part are reasonably straight. My plants are in-door sun-room and growing in individual pots. I am in Zone 9.

August 12, 2008 at 10:10 am
(3) gardening says:

I sometimes top my plants when they reach the end of their stakes. It doesn’t hurt the plants at all, but I don’t think it necessarily increases fruit set.

October 7, 2010 at 4:03 am
(4) Penny Lopez says:

I just purchased a beautiful MUM and I hope that it survives the winter here in California……I believe it will!!! Thanks for sharing everyone!!!

October 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm
(5) Marie Iannotti says:

Penny, I’d bet your mum is going to thrive in California. You’ll probably be dividing it soon.

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