How to Grow Annual Chrysanthemum

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Grow annual chrysanthemums in full, hot sun, cutting off dead blooms and keeping them well-watered during the blooming period. Cut chrysanthemums down to the ground once they start to get slimy with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we are going to talk about how to grow chrysanthemums. Mums or chrysanthemums are one of the most beautiful plants as a gift or in your garden. And they have such a long history. They are one of the most popular cut flowers in the world next to roses. And they've been around for as long as humans have been around pretty much. It is believed that all the chrysanthemums that we have today are hybrids of the original wild chrysanthemums that were found in China many, many years ago. There are so many different types of chrysanthemums and they are all gorgeous. This variety right here has the spoon shaped flowers and on the petals and they are just gorgeous. They are one of my favorites because they have a tiny handle and then they come out to a nice spoon shape. And they are really beautiful as a potted plant and they last for months and months and months. And I go ahead as when I buy them or when I get them as gifts, when they die back you just chop the blooms off, a lot of times they'll grow new blooms. And I always throw them outside in the ground because they'll survive outside in the winter. Really almost any climate they are very, very hardy. There's many types of chrysanthemums that are used as florists chrysanthemums and they are mostly from the grandaflorum family and they are spider shaped like this variety, I just love how it just comes out and looks very spidery and really pretty. They are very long lasting cut flowers and very long lasting in the garden as well. So chrysanthemums in my garden grow really easily I just plant them out in the spring and the summer the fall, any time of the year when the flowers are done blooming and they look tacky, I just cut chop them down lots of times they'll grow more flowers. In the fall when it starts freezing really hard they will actually just turn to slime, that time I'll just chop them down and just leave them. And they'll come back year after year. They like full hot sun all day they don't like to be in too much shade. But a little bit of shade if it's a warmer area a lot of times works as well. Keep them really watered, they like a lot of water when they are in a bloom, but really let them dry out between watering them. And they are just really easy to divide too, they get crowded over the years. And so just like daisies too a lot of times they'll have more runners off the side and you can separate them that way. Or you'll just have a big mother plant that just gets really huge. And when you chop it back try not to chop the back more then one third at a time the size of the plant. I kind have that policy too even during the summer if you chop them down here and there, just go down one third on the plant and they'll fill in again just beautifully. They are gorgeous plant in your garden.