We have all had the experience of buying fall mums, planting them in the garden, and having a few of them come back for a year or two. This mum is pretty much the same deal. It isn't guaranteed to come back every year like a shasta daisy but in our experience, it has the best chance of over-wintering for any multi-color mum that you can grow from seed. Plants grow to a height of 2 feet and are covered with 2-inch blooms, several 100 per plant. The color range is broad. If you start in late winter you will get blooms the first Fall.
Perennial, zone 6-9
Germination: 10-20 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 60-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and press into the soil, seeds need light to germinate
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperatures. Transplant after the last frost date, 12” apart.
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow in mid-spring or fall, Sow 3-5 seeds every 12"
Growth Habit: Upright
Height and Width: 24” x 18”
Spacing: 12-16” apart
Light Needs: Full sun, part sun in hot areas
Soil Needs: Average to fertile, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms late in the season the first year when started early indoors otherwise blooms the second year.
Uses: Flower beds, containers, cottage and wildflower gardens, cut flowers
Care: Water seedlings regularly until established. Amend the soil with compost before transplanting. Keep plants pinched back into early to mid-summer to encourage branching for more flower buds.