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They’re the official flower of the great city of Chicago! They’re also amazingly long lasting cut flowers, easy to propagate and come in all kinds of beautiful =D

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I really enjoyed growing them last season. I ordered mine from Minnesota. Most flower farmers rave about Kings Mums but I don’t have experience with them. My understanding is those require careful overwintering and I’m not into that.

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Let’s start with what these are not.  These are not “exhibition” type mums. They’re not the Seaton’s J’dore variety you see all over Instagram.

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These “Mums from Minnesota” at fgimn.com are bred for brutal winters. Not exactly what I’m into but it’s what I’m stuck with. I’ll be sure to report on their hardiness as soon as the ground isn’t frozen solid =P

 

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A novelty quill flowered variety

 

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These mums are beautiful!!! There are all different types available. My absolute favorite variety is above and below, name is “Homecoming”. I was expecting “Pat Lehman” to be my favorite from the photos online but “Homecoming” was a pleasant surprise.

 

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Hold up — Is that a dead ringer for Pantone’s “Rose Quartz”??!?!

 

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So if you’re convinced and have to grow some mums now, here was my process

  1. The first year, I bought whatever looked promising in the catalog and just planted one. I know, JUST ONE?! How are you going to plant just one of anything?! I don’t know, good luck. I did plant 2 of one variety.
  2. The second year, cross your fingers that your faves survived winter. Then propagate like crazy. Mums root readily from cuttings so that part should be easy. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just google it. If you still can’t figure it out request a tutorial in the comments. Stop rooting by July 1st. Harvest all your other beautiful flowers all season and watch the mums grow lush, green and beautiful with a little water and weeding. By late September be pleasantly surprised with a new and inspirational harvest! Let’s be honest, we’re all a little bored with Dahlias come October. Mums are the perfect distraction
  3. Enjoy and share with your flowery friends =D

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