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Plants that go in the ground healthy require less care (and time) in the long run. When you are looking at plants to buy, make sure you get plants without diseases or insects. How will you know if there are diseases or insects? Look at the leaves for signs of disease (spotted or wilted leaves) and signs of insect damage (holes, strangely shaped leaves, or winding trails inside the leaves). Also look at the flowers, if many of them are lopsided then there are either insects on the plant now or there were insects at one time.
Enjoy the beautiful blooms!
If you want to keep your mums over the winter for next year then prepare the plants for the long cold period ahead by:
Although mums are perennials, if they are planted late in the growing season (mid-September) then they might not get enough time to grow roots deep enough to overwinter successfully.
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