Daisy chrysanthemums or "mums" are perennial plants, hardy in USDA Zones 5 through 9. These fall-blooming hybrids are characterized as "daisy" types because they have the same configuration as a common daisy -- 1 or more rows of petals emanating from a yellow, disk-like center.
Daisy mums can be planted in spring and will bloom the same year. The plants generally reach a height of between 18 and 36 inches, depending on the variety, and bloom in shades of white, yellow, red, pink, purple and amber.
Plant mums in a sunny spot with well-drained soil, early enough in the fall to provide roots a chance to become established. A winter mulch applied in November or December will insulate the plants. Remove the mulch in early spring before the last frost date for your area.
In the fall, grocery stores, mass merchandisers and other retailers offer "hardy" mums, including daisy types, for floral display. Some of these plants will survive freezing temperatures, especially if they are planted in early September. For optimal survival, chose varieties offered by reputable nurseries or catalog vendors.
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