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How to Take Care of Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums are one of the most popular flowers in the world, next only to the Rose.

Chrysanthemum morifolii Chrysanthemum comes from Greek 'Chrys' meaning golden (the color of the original flowers), and 'anthemon', meaning flower. This name was given to it by Carolus Linnaeus, a Swedish naturalist also known as the father of modern taxonomy.

Growing Chrysanthemums

  • Chrysanthemums are not specific to any season.
  • Chrysanthemum plants can be grown in any kind of soil, but they require a sunny weather for best performance. Chrysanthemum seeds are sown in those areas which experience low rainfall during the rainy season.
  • Chrysanthemums are easy to be grown and are propagated by division of roots, cuttings and seeds. Usually, the Chrysanthemum seedlings are transplanted after about a month of sowing. But sometimes seeds can also be sown directly in situ and seedlings thinned out after germination.
  • Chrysanthemum plants flower in about three months of sowing. Chrysanthemums have a long flowering period.

Chrysanthemum Plant Care

  • After the transplants, the Chrysanthemum beds should be weeded, hoed and watered regularly.
  • In some cases staking of Chrysanthemum plants is necessary.
  • After a few weeks, the Chrysanthemum seedlings are pinched to make them bushy.
  • Fertilizing the plant is an important step in caring for chrysanthemums. Fertilize when the plants are ready for blooming and discontinue fertilizing after flower buds are formed.
  • A careful check should be made to detect diseases or insect/pests and prompt control measures should be adopted to control them.
  • The faded Chrysanthemum blooms should be removed regularly as it helps prolong flowering.
  • Chrysanthemums are susceptible to aphids and plant bugs, leafspot and stunt, and foliar nematodes. However, Chrysanthemums benefit from winter protection.

A good book on gardening would be a good investment if you are seriously interested in growing Chrysanthemum or other flowers. View books on gardening

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