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BLOOMS MAKE NEW JERSEY THE "GARDEN MUM STATE"

 BLOOMS MAKE NEW JERSEY THE "GARDEN MUM STATE"
 BARBERTON, OHIO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- For a few months every


year, the state of New Jersey truly is the "Garden State." Or to put it more accurately, the "Garden Mum State."
 New Jersey grows more garden mums per square mile than any other state, according to Yoder Brothers, Inc., the world's leading breeder and propagator of chrysanthemums.
 From now until mid October, New Jersey is awash with the color of blooming garden mums on a scale not seen anywhere else, says Edward A. Higgins, Yoder's chrysanthemum product manager.
 Growers in Ohio and New Jersey annually buy more garden mum cuttings from Yoder than growers in any other state, about 3 million per state. (A cutting is a stem taken from a stock plant that growers grow into a finished plant.)
 But on a square mile basis, the comparison isn't even close. New Jersey, with a land mass of only 7,468 square miles to Ohio's 41,004, grows roughly 400 mums per square mile to Ohio's 70.
 On a per capita basis, New Jersey, with a population of 7,730,188 to Ohio's 10,847,115, grows approximately one mum for every 2.6 people to Ohio's one mum per every 3.6 people.
 With its mix of city, suburban and rural lifestyles, New Jersey provides a unique showcase for garden mums. The versatile mums can be planted in window boxes, in decorative pots and containers for patios and porches, in gardens or in landscaping parks and office buildings.
 While normally thought of as a fall-blooming perennial, garden mums purchased in flower in the spring will bloom again in the fall. In recent years, approximately a fourth of all garden mums sold have been sold in the spring.
 Garden mums purchased and transplanted in the spring have the advantage of being better established before winter sets in, Higgins said. This can give them a better chance for survival the first year than mums purchased and transplanted in the fall.
 -0- 9/1/92
 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Color photos available upon request/
 /CONTACT: Christine Kelleher or Barney Scofield of Yoder Brothers, Inc., 800-321-9573/ CO: Yoder Brothers, Inc. ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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