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Freezing Mum...
January 19, 2013
9:29 pm
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Miss Judy
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Ok..so I didn't know what to name this topic

I bought 4 beautiful potted mums last fall. They sat in full bloom on my porch for over a month...then they died...which I knew they would. What with all of the hub bub of the wedding...Thanksgiving...and the trip back to Ohio I didn't do anything with them. As a matter of fact they are still sitting  right where they were when the last bloom dried up. We have had 9 and 10 degree weather several nights in the past two months...but guess what? Those mums are starting to grow! Week before last we had sleet, ice and snow.That is when I noticed the foliage is as beautiful green as when they were blooming. Why didn't the ice kill the foliage?

The question is...do I bring them indoors? Do you think I could save them? I live in west Central Missouri. I know you can plant previously potted mums in the ground and they will bloom the next year...but I've never seen them grow during such cold weather.

Is there any chance I could save them?

 

January 20, 2013
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Heel them in somewhere convenient for the winter and devide them in the spring and plant them where you want them. I have mums that have been growning in the same location for forty years.. Some winters have seen sub zero temps for week at a time.

January 20, 2013
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I agree with Ross Miss Judy!  If your ground is too frozen to dig even a trench/spot to heel them into, then put them up against the foundation on the sheltered side of the house or garage and put a hay or straw bale against them, or some other barrier sort of thing.  Then cover them there with leaves, or even some loose straw.  Honestly, straw is about as useful a thing as a gardener can have around though.  Straw is better than hay because it doesn't have as many weed seeds mixed in it, but I use whatever I have!  My chickens will try to get at either one though so I have to cover THAT too with something (I have some scrap fencing).  If you don't have chickens, it's much easier, haha.  chicken  laugh  chicken

 

 

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January 20, 2013
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I had put of mums on the front porch last year and didnt get them  planted into the ground, and as Buckeye girl mentioned, I put them up against the foundation of an out building that protected them from the north wind, I noticed last week that they are still alive. I also noticed my "daffies" are up afout 2 inches.

 Spring is just around the corner happy-flower

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

January 20, 2013
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Ok...I'll heel them in. I wondered about that because the ground is frozen...but the south side of the house isn't frozen solid. I guess I won't be losing anything if it doesn't work...I thought they were just dried up sticks! Now to find some straw.

Thanks for the info.

January 20, 2013
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Ok...I'll heel them in. I wondered about that because the ground is frozen...but the south side of the house isn't frozen solid. I guess I won't be losing anything if it doesn't work...I thought they were just dried up sticks! Now to find some straw.Thanks for the info.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

January 20, 2013
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Judy, if you cand find straw, newspaper is a good insulater as well, just secure it so it doesnt blow away. I have used it in a pinch and it works well set the pots in a box and stuff crumpled newspapers around them.

  "Be kinder than necessary, everyone is fighting some sort of battle."

January 20, 2013
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I just have to say that every time I see the title of this topic first thing I think is, "It's not nice to freeze your Mum" then I laugh at how my "Mum" was always chilly and wore a sweater all the time, even for most of the summer and bundled up all winter because she was usually cold all the time!  It keeps me laughing!  laugh 

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January 21, 2013
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@ buckeye girl....laughlaugh

I know...I thought of my freezing Mum too...who lives in Ohio.

January 21, 2013
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I have been in the nursery/garden center business for 22 years and the best thing you can do with the mums is to stop the freezing and thawing of the pot.  If it is frozen now try and keep it that way.  It the combination of the two that will kill the plant.  Also, when the plant/pot is not frozen the plants tend to rot.  Good luck.

January 22, 2013
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Last Oct. my sister had to move, so we potted up all the flowers from her gardens (a h...of a job!), brought them over to my house, put the pots under trees out of the sun, and after a freeze we covered them up with leaves and evergreen branches. And I am happy to say that just about everything survived! We only lost a very few things, a hosta, some lavender and a rosebush. And last winter was very cold with hardly any snow here. So, good luck with the mums!

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