Chrysanthemum
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Farmer Bailey

Chrysanthemum

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I'm not ready to think about fall, but you should! The cutoff for Chrysanthemum ordering was Feb 17. Ordering is now closed.

Chrysanthemums are the quintessential flower of autumn, brightening bouquets just as summer production comes to an end. Long-lasting and cheerfully colorful, they combine beautify with fall berries, flowering kale, caryopteris, salivas, and the final dahlias of the season.

If you haven't grown mums before there are a few things to keep in mind. Mums like it warm to hot, right up until you harvest. Northern growers especially should grow mums in a tunnel to keep them warm enough to bloom well. While the plants may survive frost, the blooms will not, so think about your October/November weather and plan accordingly. Aim to keep them 55F or higher. Tunnel growing will give the best results. Grow mums away from streetlights, or other artificial lights, as they need the uninterrupted long nights of fall to set buds and flower successfully. 

Plant your plugs on arrival into a warm sunny location, using 9" spacing. Keep them well fed and well watered. As soon as they are established and they have put on new growth, pinch them back, leaving 6 or 7 leaf nodes Your future cut stems will grow from these leaf nodes. You can thin these stems to the best 4-6 per plant as the side shoots emerge, giving you 4-6 harvestable stems per plant. Support netting is highly recommend. 

Mums are susceptible to many of the usual cut flower pests. Aphids and tarnished plant bugs have always been our challenge, but thrips and whiteflies can also be issues, so scout your mums (and all crops) regularly so you can keep pests in check.

These varieties are patented and propagation is strictly prohibited.

In general terms, "early" types will start blooming in mid-October, "late" types will start blooming in early November, and "intermediate" types, will start in between. Actual bloom time will vary with your individual conditions.

Available to ship in weeks 22 and 24 only. (May 30 and June 13)

These are grown in 51 cell half-trays, and can be combined with Hypericum, Gypsophila, Solidago and Veronica for shipping purposes. Dahlias are also available through week 22.