At Perch Hill, we tie them in individually to their own cane, or grow a whole bed up through netting stretched horizontally at about 18in from the ground. When the weather starts to get savage — not cold, but wild — we lift the chrysanthemums in their pots and bring them into a greenhouse to fill the tomato beds. It's a successional system that works well and gives us plenty of flowers to pick until Christmas.
When flowering is over we dry off the plants, cut them down and store them in a frost-free place. The roots will shoot again in spring. Re-pot and off you go again. Last winter I experimented with a technique I use on dahlias, where the plants are left in the garden and mulched, but it was not a success. Stick to the old ways.
Most other varieties can be planted indoors or outdoors. If you have soil beds in your greenhouse, the rooted cuttings can be planted direct, spaced at cm, and watered in well. Pinch out and stake your plants as you would for outdoor varieties. Alternatively you can grow your chysanths in large pots, about cm in diameter, to move outside in good weather:. Find out more about how to extend the vase life of Chrysanthemums.
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Read all recent posts. Apply a 7. Newest Articles. Pinch off a 6-inch long stem from a healthy mum plant. Growing in Containers. Minn-Autumn, an old-timer with large, rust-red decorative flowers, developed at the University of Minnesota.
How to plant and grow chrysanthemums. Planting Chrysanthemums Our chrysanthemums are sent out in sets of rooted cuttings or potted on plants.
After planting, water generously for weeks so the plants get well established. After Care Pinching Out or Disbudding Spray Chrysanths As with almost every plant you grow for picking, you want stocky, stout rugby players rather than spindly athletes.
Single-bloom chrysanths If you like one large shaggy flower, you should grow the large-headed blooms — not the sprays — and will need to disbud. Staking Chrysanthemums, like dahlias, tend to break at the base of the stems so staking is key.
Bringing them in When the weather starts to get savage — not cold, but wild — we lift the chrysanthemums in their pots and bring them into a greenhouse to fill the tomato beds. Almost anywhere in the fall! Online retailers also sell them in fall for spring shipping so that you can plant them earlier in the season.
Spring planting allows them to get established in the ground in time to survive the winter. If you want mums to return in subsequent seasons, plant in spring. Buying plants in tight bud, rather than full bloom, may improve your odds. But otherwise, enjoy them for the season and replant next year.
Dig a hole slightly larger than the pot, place the plant in the hole so that the entire root ball is flush with the top of the hole. Or plant in a decorative pot to enjoy for the season.
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