'VENUS PURPLE' Decorative-flowered Garden Mum (Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'venus purple')
An early to mid-season garden mum for bright garden color to usher in your fall look. 'Venus Purple' has large 3" dark-purple cushion-type flowers covering the entire plant. The attractive 20" dark-green foliage forms a densely mounded display of autumn cheer!
Mums enjoy heavy feeding during their growth and development stage and respond well to periodic pinching to encourage a bushy branching habit. Stop pinching at the beginning of July except to shape plants for optimal garden displays. Most decorative garden Mums are hardy down to zone 6, but many will successfully winter over in zones 5 and even 4 if mulched during the winter and then uncovered in late winter or early spring to avoid retaining water at the plant crown.