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Growing Chrysanthemums

Remember those mums that you wore at those homecoming football games when you were a kid? Ever considered growing these perennials? Chrysanthemums bloom from August to early December, and come in a variety of colors ranging from yellow to red to magenta.

To grow chrysanthemums, you'll need to till the soil carefully and add well-rotten manure. The plants should be placed nearly two feet apart in snug holes. You'll want to shield your little plants from hot sun for a few days and soak them generously once or twice a week. You don't want to water them lightly each day. Chrysanthemums don't like wet feet, and they love the sun. You'll need to thin out your plants later for more efficient propagation. You'll also need to mulch continuously in order to allow those mums to thrive.

Read more about growing chrysanthemums -- even the organic way -- and other flowers, vegetables or herbs at our organic gardening tips pages.

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