Q.I Want To Overwinter Mums Inside But They Only Have Buds Now
Should I put them in a dark cool place now or wait until they bloom inside and then store them. And what kind of environment will they need to make it until the spring?
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Don't you want them to bloom outside? Mums will tolerate a frost. Your hardiness zone is 5, and mums are generally hardy to zones 4 or 5. I would bring them in tho if temperatures hit 32 F or below. If you want them to bloom inside, put them near a sunny window and keep them watered. After they bloom, remove the flowers, but leave 2 to 3 inches of the stems to protect the crown. To overwinter inside, you can store them in a cool, frost-free location till spring. Water about once a month, enough to keep them alive. Too much water will cause them to rot.
It may be a little late to plant them in the garden now, but in the spring, you can plant them in a well-draining area with full sun.