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Chrysanthemum x morifolium/Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum x morifolium / Chrysanthemum x morifolium
A favorite autumn flowering perennial
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A favorite autumn flowering perennial

Hanging basket of chrysanthemums

Orange colored garden mum

Flowers completely hide stems and foliage

Close-up of flowers

Another variety at close-up

Flowers of the mum lend color to the garden for several weeks in autumn

Mums and pumpkins about halloween

A cushion of mums

Garden bed with mums in flower in October

Many flowers on a single plant

A pink cultivar

A container planter of pink mums

A daisy flowered selection

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Scientific Name: Chrysanthemum x morifolium
Common Name: Chrysanthemum
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: Subject to fungus leaf spots, aphids and spider mites. However, they will live and flower with little care. Plants may be mounding or tall growing. Flowers come in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and types. Mums are the queen flower of the autumn garden. Lift, divide, and plant side shoots of desirable cultivars in early spring to increase a good selection. Fertilize after new growth begins in early spring and several times during the summer because chrysanthemums are heavy feeders. To maintain a low mass or cushion form, cut back terminal growth shoots until about july 15 and then allow plants to grow until flowering. Stems will be shorter and hold flowers better with falling over under the weight of the flowers. Chrysanthemums are "short day" plants. Bud set and flowering are influenced by the length of the daylight hours, although varieties vary greatly as to their requirements.