Chrysanthemum varieties date back to ancient China, with references found as long ago as 500 BC. They fall into two groups: those that are hardy and can be left in the ground over winter and those that can only overwinter in a milder climate.
These impressive plants offer an extensive range of shapes and colors, making them a cut flower favorite.
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Plant seeds in mid-spring in pots filled with your own sieved compost or a nutrient-rich seed starting mix. Keep moist. Plants will usually take between four and six weeks to produce their first two true leaves. Transplant into pots about a month after this then harden off in the garden and plant out.
Prepare soil for planting chrysanthemums by adding organic matter in the fall. In late spring insert expandable stakes or canes into the ground for taller varieties, then plant next to the stake or cane. Cover the root ball with a mix of soil and organic compost. Tie the plant stem to the stake or cane.
To propagate from cuttings, take the cuttings using a sharp knife about six weeks after new shoots have started to grow. Trim them down to 1.5 inches (4cm) and plant just below a leaf node in organic plant starter cubes. Water regularly until they are established.
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Pinch pruning chrysanthemums when they are about 8 inches (20cm) high will encourage more side shoots with extra flowers. Just take out the tip of the plant. Use canes and tie in tall varieties to get the best display. Deadhead to encourage further flowers.
Feed chrysanthemums weekly with an organic seaweed liquid fertilizer throughout the growing season.
Tender varieties will need lifting and storing in a frost-free place during winter. Cut hardy varieties back to about 9 inches (22cm) when flowering has finished.
Chrysanthemums are a florist’s favorite, often with numerous flower heads on a single stem. Cut stems that are open (or almost open) in the evening or early morning and plunge the stems straight into deep water.
If plants become overcrowded, high humidity may result in spores that are spread by splashing rain. To avoid this, simply prune out any affected foliage and improve air circulation to the plant.
The following pests and diseases have been known to affect the success of growing Chrysanthemums (see Organic Garden Pest Control for information about how to prevent and address pests and diseases)...
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