The word chrysanthemum comes from 2 Greek words meaning golden flower. It is a member of its own genus of plants with over 20, 000 different species. The chrysanthemum was originally gold in color with a compact daisy-like bloom. Today, however, there are multiple varieties (button, pompom, spiral and more) which come in several different colors and color combinations. Some of the most popular are white, yellow, purple, red or burgundy, orange, yellow, and yes, still gold.
FUN FLOWER FACTS
Did you know…
- The chrysanthemum is technically a tropical flower?
- Some cultures consider this flower to be curative?
- Tea made from chrysanthemums is said to relax you?
- Chrysanthemums are second only to the rose in popularity?
- Depending on the color, chrysanthemums are symbolic of love, fidelity, truth and long life?
GROW & CARE FOR YOUR CHRYSANTHEMUM
Chrysanthemums are easy to grow and easy to care for in virtually all growing zones. They are also inexpensive ($3-20 depending on size and variety); making them a popular choice with gardeners everywhere.
While chrysanthemums can be started from seed, most people propagate their chrysanthemums by cuttings or by dividing larger plants. If starting from seed, seedlings will generally be ready for transplanting into warm soil within a month. Cuttings should be rooted and ready in about the same period of time. Dividing plants will allow you to place ‘new’ plants directly into your desired location.
Once your plants are established, you need to remember the following to get the most out of your chrysanthemums…
- Chrysanthemums need plenty of sunlight to be healthy and for optimal blooming
- They are hardy in dry conditions and don’t appreciate over-watering
- It is best to control foliage growth by pinching into a miniature shrub-shaped plant-this also helps ensure optimal blooming potential
- Fertilizing is important in the early stages of the plant but should cease when buds form
- Deadheading is essential for continued blooming of your chrysanthemums
- They are susceptible to aphids, nematodes and other plant diseases so keep a careful watch on your plants