“Growing mums is a lot like baking a cake,” said Jason Davis, University of Mount Olive Assistant Dean of the School of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “There is a recipe that has been developed and shared over time to grow the best possible product. For our mums, we used a time table and practices such as applying fungicide, pinching, fertilizing and spraying that have been tested by others for years. The end product is amazing.”
Davis noted that the mums were planted at Kornegay Student Farm in June. Jacqueline Orange Fusion, Padre yellow, and Camina red mums will be available starting September 9, on a first-come, first-served basis for $6 each, or two for $10. “Funds from these items will go to further the University’s ag programs, farm, and greenhouse,” Davis said. “Our purpose is to train future leaders, teachers, and growers who to produce these seasonal crops.”
In addition to the mums, Davis indicated that pansies will be available in mid-October, along with flowering kale and cabbage. In late November, the University will offer Poinsettias.
“I am always happy when our flowers find new homes, but at the same time, I am sad to see them leave,” Davis said.
For more information, contact Davis at RDavis@umo.edu.