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Love mums? This Sacramento sale is for you

Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society offers hundreds of plants at May 14 event

Pink spider mums
Satin Ribbon spider mums are an example
of the types of rooted cuttings that will
be for sale Satursday. (Photo courtesy
Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society)

Mum's the word this Saturday, May 14, at Shepard Garden and Arts Center during the annual Chrysanthemum Cutting Sale.

If you love mums, this is the sale for you. with an excellent selection of unusual varieties. Presented by the Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society, the sale features hundreds of mum plants, grown from cuttings by club members from their collections.

Admission and parking are free. Sale hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, but plan on shopping early – this event can sell out.

“This is a popular event and eager shoppers arrive early for the best selection and varieties,” say the organizers. “The members have grown a great selection of many of the popular varieties, including the exotic spiders, quills and the very large exhibition bloom types.”

How do you choose – especially when you can’t see the flowers? The club will help.

“The plants are not in bloom and are identified by cultivar name and color with a picture of the flower in bloom,” say the organizers. “Club members will be available to assist with your selection.”

These healthy young plants will grow rapidly. Most will bloom this fall – and for many years to come.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, on the north end of McKinley Park.

Details and directions: www.sgaac.org .


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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