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Chrysanthemum

Description

A mainstay of fall gardens for generations, chrysanthemums come in a variety of forms and sizes and almost all colors except blue. The most common are cushion mums -- low, compact mounds covered in flowers. Others reach 4 feet with single flowers and stems. There is a chrysanthemum of nearly every flower form including single, double, semi-double, spider, and anemone types. They range in size from small buttons to large pompons. Colors include yellow, gold, lavender, red, orange, white, pink, and lavender.

Zones

4 to 9

Soil and Light

Fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist and well drained. Full sun.

Planting

Plant established hardy mums in the garden in spring or fall, spacing 1 foot apart.

Special Helps

Excellent drainage is critical or these shallow-rooted plants are likely to die out over the winter. Keep well watered and fertilize with a slow-release fertilizer.

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