March 14, 1997

Planting and Propagating Chrysanthemums

Hardy, garden chrysanthemums can be purchased from garden centers and other outlets in the spring and fall. Although fall is the time we enjoy the beauty of their colorful floral displays, spring is the best time to plant garden chrysanthemums. Spring-planted garden mums have the best chance of successfully overwintering in cold climates.

Spring Pruning of Raspberries

To obtain maximum yields, raspberries must be pruned properly. Appropriate pruning procedures are based on the growth and fruiting characteristics of the plants.

Raspberries have unique growth and fruiting characteristics. The plant's roots and crown are perennial, while the stems or canes are biennial. A raspberry plant may survive and produce fruit for many years. However, the individual canes live only two growing seasons and then die.