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Chrysanthemums by fall from cuttings now.

If you start now, you can easily multiply your chrysanthemum collection, and you may end up with plants large enough for fall bloom.

To make cuttings, snap off about 3 inches of tip growth, or use a sharp knife or scissors. Strip off lower leaves to expose stem, and pinch out tiny top leaves.

Dip cut end in rooting hormone powder, then poke into a flat filled with moist potting soil. To make planting holes, you can use a chopstick (as shown here) or pencil; space about 1-1/2 inches apart. Insert stems in these holes, then gently firm planting mix around them. Or start cuttings in individual peat pellets that swell into small, mesh-covered "pots" when water is added. These are handy because you can later plant the whole pellet without disturbing the roots.

Place containers in a shady spot in the garden; keep soil moist but not soggy. Watch for snails, which find chrysanthemum cuttings delectable, and bait if necessary. When plants show signs of new growth, gradually move to brighter light.

In five to six weeks, your cuttings should be rooted and ready for transplanting to 4-inch pots or out in a sunny spot in the garden.

If weather is hot and sunny, give newly planted cuttings light shade for about a week so they can adjust to their new environment. Old shingles can be used to provide temporary shade. Push one shingle into the soil at an angle next to each young plant.
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