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Time to stock up on mums

Peach-colored spider mum
These Spider mum beauties are the Satin Ribbon variety. Find unusual mums
for sale Saturday at the Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society event. (Photos
courtesy Sharon Peterson)

Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society hosts annual plant sale

It may only be early May, but it’s time to think about fall flowers – specifically mums!

What better place to stock up on chrysanthemums than the annual plant sale hosted by the Sacramento Chrysanthemum Society?

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8, find hundreds of rooted cuttings in dozens of hard-to-find varieties. The young plants will pack the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, but there will be lots of room for shoppers to spread out. Patrons are asked to observe COVID protocols; wear a face mask and stay socially distanced.

Planted now, these rooted cuttings will bloom in fall. As perennials, mums can come back year after year.

These young plants have been tenderly nurtured by local growers and should thrive in Sacramento area gardens. The society’s sale features varieties in every mum class, from the gigantic Irregular Incurves and cute Pompons to the feathery Quills and delicate Spiders. Colors range from purest white to darkest red, bronze or purple.

Mums in greenhouse
These mums just about ready to be sold Saturday.

Need advice? Experts will be on hand to help with selection. Questions in advance can be emailed to Sharon Peterson at

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park. Admission and parking are free.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Sept. 25

This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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