Chrysanthemum Plants

Dividing Hardy Mumsand Color Change

Pecans4913 added on October 19, 2017 | Answered

This is the 3rd year that my hardy mums have come back. My question is 2 fold. I need to move them to a sunnier place and divide them. Also, my mums have literally changed color. They were a dark pink to red with a white center. They are now pink with a yellowish center. I swear someone must have switched them! Any thoughts? Thank you! Patti Anderson

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Answered on October 19, 2017

You can, most certainly, move and divide them. The best time to do this is in fall when there is little chance of a heat wave. As far as the color change: I believe it is most likely that a cross pollination with another variety or color has occurred. This means that the next generation of seeds are different than what you have started originally.

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