Garden Mums to mulch or cut them back

alanis(Z4 IA)November 15, 2010

This is my first year of planting fall mums, they were planted by Oct 4th and they are still alive and blooming in the middle of November! We have had temps in 20's and 30's too!!

I don't want to lose them but have no idea what to do here..please help!

I want to get the mulching or care done asao...as I'm not a WINTER person!

Do I cut them back? Do I put leaves on top of the big mound of flowers now? I live in windy area...can I use something besides leaves to protect? We make our own mulch and have been using that for a couple of years now in flower beds. Would that work? I could use wire cages or something that is more solid like an old plastic or metal tub. Good idea or bad?

Tried to do searches for this info but my computer and bandwidth are both S L O W in the country!!

Thanks for your help!

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koszta_kid(Iowazone 5)

I would mulch them well. But I read in Cedar Rapids Sunday paper . Guy said Mums here in Iowa planted in fall don't survive as well as ones that are planted in Spring. Also read to put rose ones on them.Good luck

    Bookmark   November 26, 2010 at 8:24PM
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cindibh

I planted some mums that were leftovers at our HyVee a few years ago..Planted in the fall. I cut them back and mulch them in the fall and they come back better each year! These are the Hardy Mums they sell in front of the store in the fall.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2010 at 2:28AM
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brownthumbia(5aIA)

I have cut them back both in spring, (early) and fall. Doesn't seem to make much difference. And I do mulch some with maple leaves.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 8:40PM
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