The Fall Porch & How to Over-Winter Mums

It's officially Fall! The Fall Equinox is here, so it's time to get the Fall decorating into full swing.  For my birthday last month, my kids sent me this adorable wagon for the garden. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this:

Yes, there was some assembly required, but it really didn't take too long.  The directions looked worse than they actually were! 

I decided it belonged on the front porch along with my Shabby Planter that I've had for a few years:

I also decided to keep the Stepladder out for a few more weeks:
Since we moved into a new Cottage and all the mums I've overwintered are probably blooming at the old Cottage, it was time to stock up!  All of the ones you see will be overwintered and planted in the ground next Spring. I never plant them in the ground in the Fall because they just don't have enough time to establish roots.  Here's what I do:

Over-Winter Mums:
First, if frost is expected but the daytime temperatures will be warmer, I bring them in at night and put them back out the next day.  Usually, when we get to November, it's time to bring them in for the winter.  
All of the plants are cut down to approximately 1"-2".  
They are brought inside and stored in the basement.  It's cool there, but above freezing.  
I keep them watered, but not wet, until early Spring, when I bring them upstairs.  
Once the danger of frost has passed, I plant them in the ground.  They will now have plenty of time to establish roots before Winter comes around again.  
They flower for Fall and when the frost hits, I cover them with leaves and mulch to protect them over the Winter.

It's that easy!  If you do this year after year, you will have a beautiful collection of mums in your Fall Garden.

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  1. Your wagon is just lovely, well done for sorting out those instructions.
    Great tips for the Crysanths , I've never tried to keep them so I will have to give this a try. They are such good value plants that go on and on flowering so I do like to have them in the garden.

    1. Give it a try! It's so rewarding to see them growing again the next season.

  2. I think I saw your wagon post on Instagram, Ann and since then I have been looking for one just like it. Love it.

    1. Yes, you did, Kim. I know they got it from a catalog...the name escapes me, but let me think about it!

  3. Pretty porch to greet your fall guests. I am inspired to get mine decorated too.

    1. Thank you, Kippi. I'm so glad I inspired you!

  4. What a beautiful porch! Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

  5. Such beautiful decor! I have a lot of mums in my front yard but since I live in Texas I don't have to do much to keep them over the "winter"! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!

    1. Thank you, Roseann. Our winters are certainly very different, but I DO love my mums! It's always a pleasure to share...

  6. What a wonderful gift! I admit that those instructions gave my head a spin. :) It's the perfect accent on your porch for fall! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thank you, Jann. The instructions looked worse than they actually were!


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