UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS OFFERING TIPS FOR PLANTING FALL MUMS IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

A HORTICULTURE EXPERT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS EXTENSION IS OFFERING SOME TIPS FOR PLANTING FALL MUMS IN YOUR GARDEN. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIMIT YOUR FALL MUM PURCHASES TO CONTAINERS. THE EXTENSION’S KARI HOULE SAYS IF YOU PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT, YOU CAN PLANT THEM AND GET THEM TO LAST THROUGH THE WINTER BY LETTING THEM GROW OUT THIS FALL. AFTER THEY HAVE GONE DORMANT LATER THIS FALL, HOULE SAYS YOU SHOULDN’T CUT THEM BACK SINCE THEY NEED THE EXTRA LAYER OF PROTECTION. ANOTHER OPTION IS PLANTING MUMS IN THE SPRING WHEN THEY HAVE MORE TIME TO ESTABLISH A ROOT SYSTEM.

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