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Planting Instructions for Dendranthema (hardy garden mum):

Bloom Time:  Late summer and fall Light:  Full sun to part shade
Soil:  Average to rich, well-drained Moisture:  Average, dry in winter
Planting Depth:  With top of crown about 1" below soil level Spacing: 24 to 30" or more

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. If condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out then close it again. Plant everything within a day or two.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Dendranthema in sun to part shade in average to rich, well-draining soil. Avoid low areas that may collect water or excessive snow in winter - raised beds and/or sandy soil are ideal.

Moisture:  Dendranthema is relatively drought tolerant but will wilt to let you know when it is really dry. Water only as needed and let the soil dry completely between watering. They must have good drainage in the winter.

Spacing:  24 - 30" or more

Depth:  Plant with the top of the crown about 1" below soil level and mulch lightly after planting. Dendranthemas spread below the ground at varying depths and no roots or crown should be exposed after planting.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Dendranthema is very adaptable to any good loose, well-draining soil. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. After planting you can water in once and then they shouldn't need to be watered again until after they are sprouted and actively growing.

For compact growth and a rounded form you will want to shear them to the ground in late spring, then pinch back the earliest buds for the largest fall flowers. However, if you let the plants go they will flower fine, just make sure you give them enough room, and if you deadhead the spent blooms it will extend the flowering season. Hardy mums should usually be divided every 2 to 3 years to control their spread.

Landscape Uses:  Plant Dendranthemas in combination with ornamental grasses, asters, sedum, Russian sage (Perovskia), and other late blooming, drought tolerant perennials.

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