MOUNT OLIVE- “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 on Sept. 10, on a first-come, first-served basis for $5 each.

“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 mums, Davis indicated that a variety of blackberry plants will be on sale for $6 each. The plant sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UMO greenhouse located at the corner of Herring and Bert Martin Street in Mount Olive. Quantities are limited and no pre-orders will be taken.

Editor’s Note: This story was contributed by the University of Mount Olive. UMO is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University is sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists. For more information, contact Davis at

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