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Fall Mum Chrysanthemum

We have all had the experience of buying fall mums, planting them in the garden, and having a few of them come back for a year or two. This mum is pretty much the same deal. It isn't guaranteed to come back every year like a shasta daisy but in our experience, it has the best chance of over-wintering for any multi-color mum that you can grow from seed. Plants grow to a height of 2 feet and are covered with 2-inch blooms, several 100 per plant. The color range is broad. If you start in late winter you will get blooms the first Fall.

20 seeds



Chrysanthemum indicum

Perennial, zone 6-9

Germination: 10-20 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and press into the soil, seeds need light to germinate

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperatures. Transplant after the last frost date, 12” apart.

Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow in mid-spring or fall, Sow 3-5 seeds every 12"

Growth Habit: Upright

Height and Width:  24” x 18” 

Spacing: 12-16” apart

Light Needs:  Full sun, part sun in hot areas

Soil Needs: Average to fertile, well-drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms late in the season the first year when started early indoors otherwise blooms the second year.

Uses: Flower beds, containers, cottage and wildflower gardens, cut flowers

Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend the soil with compost before transplanting. Keep plants pinched back into early to mid-summer to encourage branching for more flower buds. 

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