The Chrysanthemum has been in cultivation for over 3000 years but not in the forms which we would recognise today. In the 4th century AD they arrived in Japan and it is to the Japanese that we owe much to the development of this wonderfully versatile flower. Its ability to last well as a cut flower have made it a valuable commercial crop in its many modern day forms. The Chrysanthemum is also a reliable garden plant for flowering late summer through to winter and is the choice of flower for many dedicated and competitive gardeners who fill the show benches in the autumn with their astounding and much admired colourful blooms and sprays.

We have produced a brief guide to growing Chrysanthemums for both garden and exhibition. Over the years many books have been written on growing Chrysanthemums so these brief notes are only intended to be a general guide and aimed at those of you who may be new to growing Chrysanthemums and are starting with fresh stock of new rooted cuttings as opposed to taking cuttings from their own stools (the term used for the cut back Chrysanthemum root) kept overwinter from the previous season. The National Chrysanthemum Society has in itself produced a few publications, especially aimed at the more serious Chrysanthemum grower and potential exhibitor with the “Week by Week Guide Cultural Guide” being a good introductory booklet.

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