Photo by Cornell University
The chrysanthemums in pots at the supermarket look like a marching band. All the same size, all dense with stems, and covered with buds that are opening just a crack to show color. The nurserymen must be proud. We just unpot the plants, set them in the ground, water, and watch the flowers open. Instant color for the garden in fall. I counted the buds on a mum at the supermarket today: 270.
How hardy are fall-planted mums? I planted eight mums years ago and they all died. Or so I thought the next spring. However, after the tulips emerged, two of the mums started growing. By fall they were big enough to bloom and did. Then they made it through the next winter and many more. Today one has over 100 flowers buds. Do you grow these instant mums? What’s your Zone? Mine is 5.
The University of Minnesota some years ago bred a line of hardy mums in many colors. These days they’re known as the Mammoth series.
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