HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The number of gardeners that have called over the years about their hardy mums not surviving the winter has to be monumental. That's the reason I want to talk about hardy mums now this early in the season.
Actually its not early. Now it is the best time to plant those beautiful hardy mums. The earlier you get them planted, once they become available at local lawn and garden centers, the more they are likely to survive year after year.
The problem that most gardeners have is that they are moved to purchase hardy mums when they are in full bloom. That's not a bad idea if you just want to have a short lived floral bouquet in your landscape, but a bad idea if you want them there year after year.
The reasoning is rather simple as to why you want to purchase those hardy mums now and get them in the ground. It all has to do with the establishment of the plants root system before the winter weather moves in. If you get them in now, the root system will get acclimated to the soil conditions and the root systems will take off and get established before the snow flies.
Another thing to remember, and it goes for the purchase of many other flowers available at local lawn and garden centers, is that it isn't a good idea to purchase flowers already in bloom. What happens is that the plant has to give up lots of its nutrients for flower production. If you plant them, the root system itself won't have enough nutrients to grow properly.
Keep in mind that that's the reason why most flowers at lawn and garden centers have a tag attached to the pot to show you what the flowers will look like.