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Chrysanthemums

How to water Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemum is a plant that does not like stagnation of water. In order not to rot, its roots must have a humid environment, but not too much. Watering should not be abundant, but sufficient for the needs of the plant’s root system. The trick to be adopted is to fill the saucer to the brim, it will be the plant that will absorb the water as it needs it. In winter it is sufficient to water only once in the morning, while in summer it is preferable to water the plant twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. To avoid stagnation, it is sufficient to add sand to the soil and peat compost, in order to help drainage and allow the root system to develop in width and depth.

Grow chrysanthemums


Chrysanthemum is a plant that doesn’t require a lot of gardening experience. The plant loves a soil rich in organic substance, but well drained, in which river sand, peat and common soil is present in equal parts. Its root system extends thanks to the very soft soil. The multiplication is also very easy and allows to obtain seedlings from a single 10-15 cm sprig taken from a healthy plant. The operation must be done in autumn, exactly in November, the sprig must be placed in a small pot in which a mixed compost of peat and sand is placed. Flowering will take place already in the following year. It is a plant that makes itself loved and that expresses its well-being, if it has too long branches it means that there is little light to which it is subjected, if the leaves wither and fall it means that it has little water.

How to fertilize


To obtain a good flowering and a good development of the whole plant it is good to use a chemical fertilizer suitable for floral plants. It is necessary to bring potassium and phosphorus, chemicals that allow the plant to be strengthened in the autumn period and obtain copious flowering. Fertilization should be done once a month and allows in autumn, after flowering, to strengthen the plant, both the root and the external part, including the stem and branches. In summer the fertilizer allows the development of the inflorescence, which is numerous and more effective. Depending on the season, it is necessary to consider whether to add nitrogen to the fertilizer mixture. The choice depends on the climatic conditions, since nitrogen facilitates the new vegetation,

Exposure and diseases


Chrysanthemum plants love to be exposed in sunny places, they do not fear the cold, even if the leaves can be damaged by frost. With frosts, the plant tends to lose its leaves, but if stored in a sheltered place it is able to recover without special interventions. In cold periods, in pots it is preferable to place the pots inside an airy and very bright porch, which protects from cold currents. In summer, it prefers direct light for the early morning hours and shaded for the central and afternoon ones. Suffers from some diseases such as powdery mildew and rust. In the first case they appear in whitish spots on the whole plant, it must be treated with a solution of sulfur. Rust appears when temperatures are very high and produces red spots on green areas,

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