How To Transition Your Summer Planters Into Fall Planters

When I think of fall plants, I always think of mums, as I would assume most of you do, too!  Due in large part to my mom, I also think of kale!  When my mom was here over Labor Day Weekend, we transitioned my summer planters into fall planters, using those two things, mums and kale.



We headed on over to Lowe's to stock up on some plants and get a little extra dirt, too.  Instead of getting the big, beautiful mums, we opted for the smaller, individual ones.  I learned a tip from my mom while shopping for these - buy the ones that just have the little buds and are not flowering yet.  While they aren't quite as pretty at first, they will last you a lot longer throughout the season.  My mom was thinking the ones we picked up would last me until November.  That sounded great to me.  They also were on sale and you could get 5 for $5 - pretty much half off!  Between those, the kale and some dirt, this little refresh was done for under $20.  A good deal if you ask me!  We purchased the plants the night before we actually planted them and gave them a little water that night.  Since we were planning on using one of the plants from my summer pot, we also gave that a bit of water.



The next day we were ready to plant.  My mom pulled all the plants out, except for the spike plant, which we were planning on using still.  Since I have two pots, I chose to do just mums in the smaller one, and then three mums, with the kale in the bigger pot.  Since all the dirt was still in the pot (minus what came out when we pulled the old stuff), we just dug some holes until the new plants could fit in.  Another tip I have learned over the years from my mom - when you pull the new plants out of the container, break up the bottoms with your hands.  This helps to loosen the roots and grow better once planted.  We added a bit of the new dirt in places we were lacking, and before we knew it, I had two fall pots done!  I gave them a good watering (until it came out of the bottoms) and now they are good to go.  I have already seen a little growth on my mums, and I know once fall really hits, they will be perfect!





If you are looking to start from scratch, you can check out my first planter post, which takes you through the process step by step!

Linking up with Lindsay and Whitney.

13 comments

  1. Love these! My pots on my front porch are deader than dead..all but the spike plants haha. Maybe I will try to revive them!

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  2. Great tips! I love mums! I ordered quite a few from my nieces for fundraisers, I can't wait to get them!

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  3. Emily! I love this! I'm having to teach myself a lot about planters, and I clicked this post immediately when I saw it in my BL feed this a.m. I am absolutely going to take your advice and transition my pots this way. Thanks for this post. It's helpful! Every fall I get irritated because I don't want to spend big bucks on mums that will last three weeks, so this is a fabulous alternatives. My summer plants are starting to look a little droopy anyway.

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  4. I have successfully kept some plants alive since April! Maybe I'll have to try some fall flowers next.

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  5. I'm so impressed you have such nice planters! I totally missed the gardening gene and would rather hire someone to do it haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  6. Love these tips-- your planters look so good! We got one mum this year and after we got it, I wondered if we should have got one that hadn't blossomed as much yet, but thankfully they were really inexpensive so if I need to switch it out I won't be too upset about it.

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  7. Great ideas! My patio could use some plants and I haven't gotten around to it yet. Thanks for the ideas!
    -Rebecca @ everypiecefits.com

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  8. Love the idea of getting the small mums.

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  9. Love that kale mixed in with the mums! Thanks for the tips. It's nice when you can use one of your summer greens to mix in with your Fall planters. I had some corkscrew plants and they still look great so I mixed them with mums and marigolds. Hoping mine will last until November, too.

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  10. I've always wanted to make fall planters, but I just can't pull out my still blooming flowers! Maybe one day I will do the transition, but for now it still looks really summery outside here!

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  11. It's time for me to refresh my summer planters too! I love the ornamental kale you used, so pretty and different!

    xoxo, SS


    Southern and Style

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  12. Love your tips!! And you are reminding me about the ornamental kale!! I saw it ALL over the south last winter and totally wanted to copy it this year! It's so pretty!

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  13. I should really start buying smaller mums and just let them grow on their own. We bought the ones that are fully grown already and they were $12 each!! EEKS. And I think they might have died from being stuck inside for two days while Irma came barreling through. I tried to revive them last night but they looked just awful. I'm going to cry if we're out $24 that quickly. Haha.

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