Chrysanthemums

ChrysanthemumsChrysanthemums, or mums, are popular and colorful perennials. These flowers come in many colors, from white to deep red, and a variety of sizes.

Mums are easy to grow and can live for years. When buying potted chrysanthemums, look for healthy, well-shaped plants with many flower buds. Garden mums like sun, but can also thrive in partial shade and are fairly cold-hardy.

When planting mums, incorporate plenty of organic matter into your soil. Water as needed and apply a slow-release fertilizer. Some varieties need to be pinched once or twice a season to maintain a compact, well-branched form.

Mums naturally set buds and flower fall through spring, when days are short. But flowering mums can be purchased blooming at any time.

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