Today's plant profile is the Chrysanthemum, specifically the Morden Series. These mums were developed through the breeding program at the Morden Research Station at Morden, Manitoba. Hardy to Zone 3 they are one of the hardiest and earliest varieties available. They begin to bloom toward the end of August through to a killing frost. They enjoy full sun and good garden soil. Don't cut down the spent stalks until Spring to allow for some snow to be trapped, which will help the plants deal with very cold winters. They also prefer to be divided every two years, as the centres die out, and they start to look a bit ragged.
We will have the varieties below available early Spring at the Saskatoon Farmer's Market.
Chrysanthemum 'Morden Delight' - deep bronzy orange red colour, fully double, about 20" tall
Chrysanthemum 'Morden Fiesta' - bright purple, fully double, compact, about 16" tall
Chrysanthemum 'Morden Gaiety' - bright orange, double blossoms, compact, about 16" tall
Chrysanthemum 'Morden Garnet' - deep red double blossom, compact, about 16" tall