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Mum show every year in your garden.

YEAR AFTER YEAR, from July through October, 1,200 chrysanthemums bloom in Ruby Glasser's small garden. Her secrets? Timing and continuous attention. Starting this month, you can follow her system for a big show next year. Even gift and grocery store plants work well for cuttings.

Follow steps in pictures above. Take cuttings in January or February, when new growth is 3 to 5 inches long; cut below a leaf node and remove several leaves from the bottom of the stem. Dip cut end in rooting hormone, then insert it into a flat of soil. (Mrs. Glasser uses equal parts coarse sand, fine peat, and seed-starting soil.)

In late April or May, when plants are conditioned, transplant them to a sunny area with well-amended, fast-draining soil. Place wooden stakes 16 inches apart, and dig planting holes close to each stake and on opposite sides. Mix 1 teaspoon of 5-10-10 dry fertilizer into each hole. Set in plants, water, and then tie plants to stakes.

Pinch top 1/2 inch off plants at planting time; through summer, pinch the top pair of leaves of every shoot that reaches 5 inches in length. Mulch to protect roots and keep them from drying out.
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Date:Nov 1, 1991
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