Growing Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums, or mums, typically bloom in late Summer to early Autumn. The exact blooming period can vary based on the specific variety and local climate conditions. These vibrant flowers often add a burst of colour to gardens and landscapes, creating a stunning display just in time for the autumn season. Growing chrysanthemums can be a rewarding experience.

 Here's a glimpse into what it's like to grow chrysanthemums:

  1. Variety and Color: Chrysanthemums come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Choosing different varieties allows you to create a vibrant and diverse garden.
  2. Seasonal Blooms: Chrysanthemums are often associated with autumn, as they tend to bloom in late summer and early autumn. The burst of color they provide during this season is a beautiful addition to any garden.
  3. Caring for Chrysanthemums:
    • Soil: Well-drained soil is essential. Chrysanthemums prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil.
    • Sunlight: They thrive in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
    • Watering: They require regular watering, especially during dry periods. Be cautious not to overwater, as they are susceptible to root rot.
  4. Pruning and Pinching: Regular pruning and pinching help control the shape and size of the plant, encourage bushiness, and can result in more prolific blooms.
  5. Pests and Diseases: Chrysanthemums can be susceptible to pests like aphids and diseases like powdery mildew. Regular inspection and appropriate treatment can help keep them healthy.
  6. Versatility: Chrysanthemums are versatile and can be grown in various settings, from garden beds to containers. Their adaptability makes them suitable for different landscaping designs.
  7. Cultural Significance: In many cultures, chrysanthemums hold symbolic importance. In some Asian cultures, they symbolize autumn and are associated with positive energy.
  8. Cut Flowers: Chrysanthemums make excellent cut flowers, adding a touch of elegance to indoor floral arrangements.

Overall, growing chrysanthemums involves a combination of careful cultivation, attention to their specific needs, and the joy of witnessing their colourful blooms.

The CHS Chrysanthemum group is a passionate bunch who meet monthly to consider a range of topics and issues related to growing Chrysanthemums. They meet on Saturdays at 1.30pm at Members' homes. Have a look at their page, CHS Chrysanthemum Group

The New Zealand National Chrysanthemum Society website is a good place to look up information about Local and National Chrysanthemum Shows, details of Affiliated Chrysanthemum Clubs and Societies, interesting articles on Chrysanthemum culture and pictures from local growers.