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Planting Mums

I have mums in hanging baskets and I live in RI. I want to plant them in the ground before it gets too cold so they will come back next year. What is the latest I can plant them and is there anything I should do to ensure that they come back next year? Thank You! Fran
Submitted by franmarchwinds

Hi, I'm so sorry it's taken so long to get back to you. Our service was down for a month for repairs. I'm sure by now, you've done something with your mums, but yes, you could plant them in the ground in the fall. Just understand that if you plant them really late in the season, they won't have much of a chance to develop a good root system into the ground so they may not overwinter. You can cover them with a loose mulch of leaves and, if it snows, cover them with snow as an insulator. Hopefully, they'll come back next year.

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