Chrysanthemums are really unique. These plants, belonging to the sunflower family wait until the fall comes to show their real beauty. In ancient China the flowers were believed to ensure longevity. This article will help you to let your chrysanthemums live along life, too.
As they are some of the last flowers to bloom, they have almost no competition when it comes to decorating our gardens, balconies or terraces in the fall.
How to take care of potted chrysanthemums
1. The plants begin to bloom in mid-August and their wonderful flowers last until first frost.
2. They don’t like direct southern exposure to the sun. They grow best in slightly shady spots with dispersed light.
3. The best temperature range for their growth is 10 – 15 C. Still, they might survive temperatures dropping even to 0.
4. They shouldn’t be too dry. Water them regularly, but with moderation. The soil has to be dump at all times.
5. Fertilize them every three weeks.
6. When the first frost comes, take the plants inside. First cut off the withered stems (two inches over the base) and put the pots in a bright and cool room. Do not use any fertilizers and give them just a little water not to let the medium go dry. In the spring, when the frost risk is gone, take them out to your balcony or garden.