Growing Chrysanthemums to exhibition standard takes many years of experience. However, it is not difficult to produce flowers that you can enjoy in your garden, or for cutting. Just follow this quick guide to get the best from your Chrysanthemums.
Whether you have received your plants via Mail Order or bought them at a show, unpack them as soon as possible and pot into a 9cm (3.5 inch) pot. Use a good quality compost and keep just moist, but do not over-water.You must protect your plants from any frost.
Once the plants have filled this pot with roots, depending on the variety, follow one of the steps below:
1. If you have early or mid-season flowering varieties, these can be planted out into the garden. Pick a sunny position with well-drained soil. Chrysanthemums like a rich soil so dig in plenty of well rotted organic matter before you plant. Support the plants with canes and water well in dry weather. Feed regularly, using our High Nitrogen fertilizer when the plants are in growth and switch to our High Potash fertilizer as soon as flower buds can be seen.
2. If you have late flowering varieties, pot on into a 15cm (6 inch) pot and then, when this pot is full of root, move into a 23cm (9 inch) pot. The plants will need supporting with canes and must be kept evenly watered. As above, feed regularly to get the best results. By the end of October, before the flowers open, move the pots into a cold greenhouse to ensure the blooms are not damaged by the weather.
All plants will need to have the growing tip removed around 14 days after the first potting, this will make the plants send out side shoots. If you are growing spray varieties allow all the side shoots that form to develop. However, if growing bloom types you will need to restrict the number of side shoots to four, at the most, and dis-bud to produce large flowers.
This is a very brief guide to growing Chrysanthemums for pleasure. Each different type of Chrysanthemum has specific needs and further, more detailed, growing instructions can be found on other pages within this website.
We are often asked the secret behind the lush, green foliage on the cut flower that we use in our exhibits. The simple answer is feeding. Chrysanthemums require two different types of fertilizer during the growing season to perform to their best. We are now able to offer you the same feed that we use on the nursery, so that you can achieve the excellent results that we do. The fertilizer is sold in convenient sachets, with each sachet making 10 litres (2 gallons) of feed. It should be applied weekly throughout the season. Click here
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