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Jude's avatar

How long will Mums (flowers) last?

Asked by Jude (31977 points ) October 7th, 2010

I want to pick up a few plants, but, keep them in pots indoors. Now is the time of year for Mums (they’re everywhere, in garden centres and grocery stores)! How long will they last inside?

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wundayatta's avatar

I bought a couple of pots last year, and popped them in my garden. In the spring, they came back, and right now, one of them has a gazillion buds that are about to flower. It’s quite magnificent. The other one died. I don’t know why.

We used to keep an annual in a pot indoors. I don’t remember what kind it was. It lasted several years, blooming periodically.

Mums will last through November, and pretty much until there is a killing frost. If there isn’t a killing frost (and one would not expect one indoors), they might go on blooming and blooming until you get tired of them and chuck them out. That’s just a guess, though.

syz's avatar

Mine never last more than few weeks, and that depends on the temperature and how often I water it.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Mums DO NOT like indoors, because of heat and dry air. They like temps at night of 40 to 50 degrees F.

Jude's avatar

Thanks, jellies!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

You’re welcome.

GeorgeGee's avatar

Mums are living plants, people tend to forget that. They need light and water. They’ll usually last longer outside, especially if you bring them inside when it’s expected to drop below freezing. They can tolerate a couple light frosts though.

YARNLADY's avatar

Growing living plants can be tricky. You have to know how to care for them properly, and even then they can up and die on you. They should last for many years.

wundayatta's avatar

@GeorgeGee The one in my garden tolerated more than a few light frosts—I think. But maybe the ground never froze. We had a few blizzards last year, so maybe the snow insulated to ground a bit. So—hard to say.

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