Growing chrysanthemums happen to be one of the best flower garden ideas for your backyard landscape.
They are reaching their peak blooming stage when most other annuals and perennials are well beyond flowering. They come in a wide range of colors and forms. You can grow chrysanthemums with moderate maintenance and in different conditions.
For these reasons gardeners are very interested in learning how to grow chrysanthemums.
There are two major categories of chrysanthemums – garden mums and show mums. Show mums are less hardy than their counterpart. The garden mum is by far the most popular for most gardeners.
There are many types of chrysanthemum plants. They vary in type and size of bloom, bloom time, color, height, and spread. The most popular colors are yellow, white, red, bronze, pink, and purple.
Types include singles, anemones, decoratives, cushions, pompons, spiders, and spoons. I won’t go into the details of each type. Your best bet is to view them in a nursery catalog or see them in person at your local garden center. It’s really a matter of personal taste. The anemone, single, decorative, and cushion are probably the most popular varieties.
Chrysanthemums can be planted in either the spring or fall.
Spring plantings allow the roots to be better established and are more likely to survive a cold winter. They can be planted after any danger of a freeze in March through May depending on your climate.
If you buy a blooming chrysanthemum in the spring from a garden center, it has been forced to bloom. Depending on the weather, the flowers will probably not last long. After blooming, prune back about 1/3 of the stem. The plants should bloom again in the fall.
In warmer climates where winters are mild, cuttings can be planted in the fall. This avoids the heat of the summer.
For fall plantings, they should be planted at least 6 weeks prior to a killing frost so the roots can become more established.
Chrysanthemum plants are available at garden centers and nurseries. They come in container sizes up to one gallon. When purchasing plants, choose those that have healthy foliage and stems branching out from a base. They should be compact in form.