Growth of Chrysanthemum morifolium Ramat was evaluated in ground pine bark:sand mixes; a soil:peat:perlite mix; and commercially mixed media. Flowering stem:dry weight of plants grown in barkrsand (3:1 or 2:1, by volume) were comparable to commercial mixes but 100% pine bark or soil:peat:perlite significantly reduced plant height and flowering stem dry weight.
Received for publication Contribution No. 597-j Department of Horticulture and Forestry, Agricultural Experiment Station, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.
Research Horticulturist, Ornamentals. The author gratefully acknowledges the donation of plant material by Yoder Bros., Barberton, Ohio.