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When Is the Best Time to Transplant Mums?

By Yolanda Vanveen ; Updated September 21, 2017

The best time to transplant mums is after they have finished blooming, generally in the late fall or even the middle of winter. Prune chrysanthemums back to the greenery once they turn brown using advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.


Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about when is the best time to transplant mums. Now chrysanthemums have been around for many, many centuries. And they have a deep tradition with almost every culture in the world. They are highly edible. The leaves are used in many different cultures in many different dishes. Mums are beautiful presents too. And they are given as Mother's Day gifts and gifts any time of the year and you see them in the fall all the time, with beautiful flowers on them, in all the fall colors. And they're just a beautiful plant. But they can be grown outside too. So whenever you buy them or you get them as a houseplant always save them and turn around and place them in your garden. So my rule of thumb is as long as they're blooming I don't transplant them. Because when you transplant plants when they are blooming, sometimes you shock them or you don't water them enough or they lose the bloom so they get damaged. So I always wait until they are done blooming. And they start turning brown and they don't look quite good enough. So an easy trick too I found and sometimes you can get more blooms out of them, as soon as the blooms look bad, just chop the blooms out. But leave some greenery there. And a lot of times they'll grow new lush greenery again. So when you are transplanting them outside the natural time would be to do it in the late fall even in the middle of winter. Because they bloom until Thanksgiving half the time in the northwest outside until it freezes really hard. And then they kind of die back and turn to mush. So when they die back you just chop them down to the ground or if they are still lush and green, I just chop them down to where ever they are green and they are still look alive. But they will come back every year no matter what you do to them, they are just beautiful. And I love my Chrysanthemums and you can always transplant them any time of the year. If you are moving or you are giving a start to a friend I always say transplant them when you think about it. Because you probably have a huge planter or a lot of plants and even if you transplant them and you might lose some of the blooms that first year, if you really want to give them as gifts or someone wants a start then it's always the right time to transplant them.


About the Author


Yolanda Vanveen is a third-generation flower grower and sustainable gardener who lives in Kalama, Wash. She is the owner of VanveenBulbs.com, selling flower bulbs on the Internet, at garden shows and at farmers markets in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. Vanveen holds a degree in communications and international studies from Linfield College, and is a graduate of the WSU Master Gardener Program. Vanveen represented the United States at the 2006 Indigenous Bulb Society Symposium in South Africa and has been featured on the PBS show Smart Gardening, demonstrating which way is up with flower bulbs.