Chrysanthemums are usually the superstars in gardens. With its moniker “mums”, its name originated from Greek words “chrysos” which means gold and “anthos” which means flower. It is, indeed, as precious as gold originating from China more than two thousand years ago. During the fall, when it’s time for other blooms and plants to hibernate, the chrysanthemums seize the opportunity to take the center stage and show-off.
There are lots of different kinds of chrysanthemums. The different varieties are mainly different by their appearance.
Some of the different types are:
Cushion – named for it’s apperance
Pompons – small chrysanthemums with tight and firmly held petals
Spider – curly ends and long petals
Decorative – numerous rows of petals with curved ends
Anemone – also cushion-shaped but with dark colors and short petals
Quill – straight and long petals
Spoon – named after its appearance in many rows of petals.
Although there are different kinds of chrysanthemums, all kinds need about the same proper care in order to beautifully bloom.
Tips For Growing Chrysanthemums
• Sun for mums. Chrysanthemums need full sun exposure in the morning for at least five hours everyday. Gardeners can plant mums any time of the year, but it’s best planted at the beginning of spring.
• Finding their place. One of the tricks is finding the right place for the chrysanthemums. Gardeners should remember that the best place for these precious mums is in a dry place. These flowers need as much air as they can get, clear water drainage, and sufficient supply of sunlight. Keep chrysanthemums away from evening light sources. It needs loamy or sandy soils, with 6.5pH. For best results, use fertilizer before planting and make sure that the soil drains well. Just like roses, we need to dig a hole twice as big as the root ball and add organic elements into the soil. They need at least eighteen inches distance from each other. Keep people and animals away from the mums to keep the soil sufficiently loose.
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