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Autumn will be filled with colors: how to grow chrysanthemums and what care they need

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Chrysanthemums are versatile flowers that will decorate the garden with their bright blooms until late fall. The unpretentiousness, hardiness, and variety of kinds have made chrysanthemums extremely popular among gardeners.

In a well-lit area with fertile soil, chrysanthemums will bloom until the first frost. Experts told us how to grow chrysanthemums and what care they need.

The need for sunlight

Chrysanthemums are relatively easy to grow and come in a huge variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. If you are looking for plants for your garden, choose a bush with a lot of buds, as this means you will have plenty of time to enjoy the flowers from the moment they start blooming.

Chrysanthemums need a lot of sunlight, but the midday sun in the summer heat can harm the plant. According to Michael Fiore, manager of Smith's Gardentown, when the plant is in full bloom, it is worth moving it to a less sunny place, such as a shady veranda as a decorative element.

Water requirements

The chrysanthemum needs abundant watering in summer. In early fall, watering should be reduced.

Potted chrysanthemums should be watered when the top few centimeters of the substrate are dry. It is important to avoid getting the leaves wet to prevent mold and powdery mildew.

Autumn will be filled with colors: how to grow chrysanthemums and what care they need

How to stimulate more flowering

If you follow the watering and fertilizing regimen and the flowers still start to wilt, florists advise cutting the flower at the node to the nearest leaf.

This practice called "deadheading," will stimulate flowering while conserving plant energy to form new buds. In late winter or spring, cut off dead leaves and stems to stimulate new growth.

Propagation

Chrysanthemums are easily propagated by cuttings. Cut off a piece of stem above a leaf knot. Then remove most of the leaves (to conserve the plant's energy for root formation), dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and plant it in a small pot. You can then transplant the plant into a suitable container.

In general, chrysanthemums can be propagated in several ways: by sowing seeds for seedlings, dividing the bush, and rooted cuttings.

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