How to care for chrysanthemums in the fall: bloom non-stop
Common chrysanthemums can add a luxurious look to an autumn garden. These flowers come in a variety of colors and shapes, they bloom for a long time, and their greenery is resistant and lasts until the frost. But to ensure continuous and lush flowering of chrysanthemums, you need to take proper care of them.
OBOZREVATEL has collected all the main life hacks in this regard. You won't spend a lot of effort and resources, but you will get a lot of beautiful flowers that will decorate your fall.
Provide plants with sunlight
Most flowers love the sun, and chrysanthemums are no exception. The more light you provide them with, the more lush the blooms will be. Ideally, it should be 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. But a minimum of four will suffice. If many branches of trees or other shrubs have grown over the chrysanthemums over the summer, cut off the excess to provide the flowers with access to sunlight.
Chrysanthemums bloom best when the soil remains constantly moist. Therefore, in dry weather, they should be watered at least every other day. It is better to apply water under the root, avoiding drops on the leaves and flowers. If the weather is rainy, you can skip watering, because the plant can easily be overwatered.
Remove wilted flowers and cut back shoots
To extend the flowering period of chrysanthemums, you need to remove wilted flowers and dead shoots from the bushes. This way, the plant will focus on flowering rather than seed formation, and it will also look neater. But always make sure that the scissors or secateurs are clean and disinfected before pruning.
Choose different varieties of chrysanthemums
There are about 40 different varieties of chrysanthemums, and each species differs not only in the color and size of the flowers, but also in the flowering time. If you choose several variants that do not bloom at the same time, the garden or flower bed will look luxurious almost all fall. To make the right choice, carefully read the description of the variety.
Take care of the soil condition
A well-drained soil will reduce the risk of waterlogging and thus the development of root rot. To improve its quality for chrysanthemums, add more sand to it. Compost and manure will also be beneficial. And, of course, regular loosening of the soil will do the trick - it will provide the soil with better aeration.
Don't forget about fertilizing
From April to September, chrysanthemums are fed every two weeks. The plant responds very well to tomato fertilizer. This provokes a lush and longer flowering. But you can choose any other option that the manufacturer recommends for flowering garden plants. The main thing is to strictly follow the instructions for use and not to apply too much fertilizer.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how to properly care for the garden on the eve of November in order to prepare it well for winter.