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Chrysanthemums add beauty to the garden from the late summer to after many other plants have been killed by the first frost. They come in a wide range of colors and sizes. Mums can be grown in the flower bed where they can be accents or mass planted for a spectacular effect. They also make sensational container plants. Perennial mums will come back for several years. Annual types can be grown indoors or out for one season only. They make wonderful gifts.

The following should be considered when buying mums:

  • Look for healthy green leaves and barely opened buds. Avoid those with yellow leaves. Fully opened flowers will not last as long.
  • Hardy garden mums should have vigorous roots. Mulch them in more northern climates to encourage winter survival.

Mums need to be planted in well drained soil in sunny locations. Plant them 18 to 24 inches apart. The tops of the plants should be pinched back twice before the middle of July to produce bushy growth. Water well when the mums are in bloom.

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